Civil Rights Movement

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A Deep Dive into an immortal song, recorded 57 years ago.

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MLK Day was first observed as a federal holiday precisely 34 years ago.

The occasion provides a welcome prompt to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy — as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, as an emblem of resistance, and as a voice of unwavering conscience in American life.

Dr. Marcheta Evans
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When Dr. Marcheta (pronounced Mar-KEET-ah) Evans became the new President of Bloomfield College in June, students say they immediately noticed an energy and commitment to them.  Dr. Evans is the first woman and first African American president of Bloomfield College in the school's 150-year history.

Dr. Evans, who served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, becomes Bloomfield's 17th President.  Her inauguration is set for December 6.

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Newark born author Philip Roth recently said he will donate his entire personal collection of books to the Newark Public Library.  In his honor, NPL has created the Philip Roth Lecture Series to showcase great writers currently at work.  This year, Roth picked Robert Caro, who won a Pulitzer Prize documenting President Lyndon Johnson, and his drive to pass “The Civil Rights Act of 1964”.

Bobby Rush is one of the last living blues legends of his generation. He toured the South and the chitlin' circuit in the '50s and was often forced to perform music behind a curtain for white audiences. Shortly before the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Rush heard through fellow Chicago bluesman J.B.