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Houston Person Quartet

NC 350 live at Clement’s Place

In tribute to the late Dr. Clement Alexander Price, who was the founder and director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Newark’s city historian, and a devoted fan of jazz, Clement’s Place features live music every second Friday of the month.

The Houston Person Quartet

Join us for the distinct and expressive soul jazz sounds of Eubie Blake Jazz Award winner Houston Person and The Houston Person Quartet. With his distinctive sassy sound and his expressive style of playing, Eubie Blake Jazz Award winner Houston Person and The Houston Person Quartet are sure to close out NC 350 Live at Clement’s Place with a bang!


Junius Williams

NC 350 live at Clement’s Place

In tribute to the late Dr. Clement Alexander Price, who was the founder and director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Newark’s city historian, and a devoted fan of jazz, Clement’s Place features live music every second Friday of the month.

Return To the Source reunion with Junius Williams

Return to the Source reunites for an unforgettable night of exploring the African-American experience through music. RTS’s repertoire of blues, rhythm and blues, and jazz, is led by NC 350 ‘s very own Junius Williams and includes some of Newark’s preeminent musicians and artists, such as Anthony Jackson, Janet Van Kline, Wincey Terry, Jeff Motley and Jackie Jones.


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Newark Jazz People

Join us for a free gallery reception at the WBGO Art Gallery. As part of NC350 and Newark Open Doors, WBGO is celebrating with its current exhibit of photographs by Bill May, entitled Newark Jazz People. The exhibit features notable Newarkers such as NC 350 Chair, Junius Williams along with Rhoda Scott, Sarah Vaughan, Iqua and Steve Colson, James Moody and so many more. Come view the exhibit and enjoy live entertainment.


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Reflections on the Old Third Ward

Join The Honorable Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, residents of the Old Third Ward and current residents of the Central Ward as they reflect on the lives and times of this historic part of Newark. Activities include a recounting of resident experiences and their vision for the future as well as a panel discussion with Research Clerk of the City of Newark, Georgia Ransome, Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, Calvin West, the first African-American elected Councilman-at-Large and NC 350 Chair and Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute, Junius Williams. Enjoy food by Vonda's Kitchen and entertainment by DJ Faheem.


Bobby Sanabria

NC 350 live at Clement’s Place

In tribute to the late Dr. Clement Alexander Price, who was the founder and director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Newark’s city historian, and a devoted fan of jazz, Clement’s Place features live music every second Friday of the month.

Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ach‎é

Grammy nominated percussionist and drummer, Bobby Sanabria and his band Bobby Sanabria&QuartetoAch‎é bring the exciting sounds of Latin jazz right here to Newark. Bobby is a Puerto Rican drummer, whose music is rooted in the Afro-American/ Latino Jazz style and culture. The soulful Latin Jazz artist is a performance you don’t want to miss!


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Connecting Generations: Bridging Hip Hop & Civil Rights Generations

An International conversation and screening of the film “Lee Hagan: Connecting Generations” as we bridge Hip Hop & Civil Rights Generations. The event will be moderated by Antoinette Ellis-Williams, and panelists include Senior Program Officer of the Victoria Foundation, Dale Anglin, Bryan Epps, the Executive Director of Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, and Junius Williams, Executive Director of Abbott Institute, and NC 350 Chair.

For more information visit bethany-newark.org


Carrie Jackson

NC 350 live at Clement’s Place

In tribute to the late Dr. Clement Alexander Price, who was the founder and director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Newark’s city historian, and a devoted fan of jazz, Clement’s Place features live music every second Friday of the month.

Carrie Jackson and Her Jazzin’ All Stars

Native Newarker Carrie Jackson and Her Jazzin’ All Stars brings her signature soulful sound back to her hometown. Beginning her musical career when she was 6 years old singing in the children's choir at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Carrie is known for her versatility, expressive voice and a natural feel for jazz & the blues — it’s sure to be a soulful evening.


Marion Thompson Wright Lecture: Long Time Here: Prisons and Policing in African-American History

With increased national attention on issues of policing and incarceration, the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture will host a discussion of the historical developments that have brought us to recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore and many other American towns. Ruth Wilson Gilmore (CUNY Graduate Center) will give the keynote lecture. Other speakers will be Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) and Heather Ann Thompson (University of Michigan). An afternoon panel composed of Junius Williams, Larry Hamm, Deborah Jacobs and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka will explore the history of police reform in Newark.
For additional information about the program, visit the institute’s website, or contact the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at 973-353-3891.


As we come together at the start of this momentous 350th anniversary year of our founding during this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Dr. King’s message of peace and hope illuminates our celebration’s mission to inspire civic pride and passion for the city of Newark. Furthermore, the caliber of these new additions to our broad and dynamic lineup of over 150 programs will enrich the story of Newark’s great citizens and their tremendous achievements.

Message from NC350 Chair Junius Williams

As the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Newark Celebration 350, which represents a broad coalition of people and organizations who live and work in our dynamic city, it is my honor to welcome you to Newark Celebration 350’s digital home.

Through this website, you can join with us in celebrating the city’s fascinating past, dynamic and evolving present, and help usher in a bright future. Our hope is that Newark Celebration 350 will reflect the breadth and scope of Newark, and become a source of strength and pride for the city.

Now and during the coming year, NC350.org will feature information about the many events we have planned, and intriguing tales of Newark’s past and present as told by outstanding historians, leaders and ordinary people.

NC350.org will feature personal profiles of people who live in the city, and a list of celebratory activities in each ward. We’ll offer opportunities for youth involvement, contests and explain how to get involved. The site will grow throughout the upcoming year, and you will have a chance to express your personal thoughts, perspectives, and recollections about the city.

We have already had an incredible outpouring of support for Newark Celebration 350. We hope you will add your unique voice to the evolving story of Newark, and join us in celebrating the musical, artistic, and intellectual contributions that the people of Newark have offered to the nation and world.

– Junius Williams, Esq., Chair, Board of Trustees, Newark Celebration 350