Student Activism and the Black Liberation Movement in Lawnside, New Jersey
Friday, December 15, 2017
12:15pm – Armitage Hall 3rd floor Faculty Lounge, 311 N. Fifth St, Camden
Lawnside, New Jersey is a unique community because it is the only self-governing African American Borough in the State of New Jersey. This talk will first examine the early history of Lawnside and the regional, state, and federal political processes which impacted its growth and development. The second section will be an analysis of how Lawnside youth developed their own Black Power organization known as the Young Blacks who actively worked to improve the governance of the community and stressed the principles of non-violence and educational advancement. The third section of the talk will be an analysis of Africa American student activism at Haddon Heights High School. Jason Romisher’s research employs a wide array of primary sources that reveal how the Black Liberation Movement played out in an autonomous African American community.
MA candidate, Department of History
Simor Fraser University