The Queer Newark Oral History Project would like to welcome you to join us for our two brand new walking tours next month on July 6th (Military Park Newark Downtown Tour) and July 13th (Newark Gay Pride Encore Tour)!
The QNOHP tour will highlight the rich and illuminating experiences of the city’s LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming communities. Featuring both historical landmarks and contemporary sites, tour leaders will share stories about key events, significant happenings, and interesting personalities that showcase the resilience of an often-invisible population of Newarkers.
The group will leave from BURG in Military Park:
6pm to 7:30pm on July 6th
6:30pm to 8pm on July 13th
No registration necessary! Free and open to all! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water!
We are thrilled to share that the Queer Newark Oral History Project will be one of the honorees at the 2017 Newark PROUD Awards hosted by Newark Pride Inc., Urban+Out and Circle of Friends! Congratulations to the other amazing honorees as well: Archbishop Carl Bean, Larry Lyons, Perris Straughter, and Tamara Fleming!
We also hope to see you at other events during Newark Gay Pride, #PowerInPride. Members of the QNOHP team will be marching in the Pride Parade and have a presence at the Festival in Military Park on July 16. For more information about this year’s wonderful programming visit the website at http://www.newarkgaypride.org.
On May 13th at 6pm Queer Newark spotlights Kristyn Scorsone’s wonderful work “Invisible Pathways: Entrepreneurship by Queer Women of Color in Newark”! Join us and then stay for the Newark LGBTQ Community Center’s 4th Annual Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser with DJ Just Love!
To donate to the Dance-A-Thon and help support this much-needed sanctuary for the LGBTQ community in Newark, click HERE!
“Every place, every person, and every object has a history, but not all histories are told.”
The QNOHP is proud to be a sponsor of Telling Untold Histories – New Jersey’s annual unconference that looks for human stories yet to be told, explores these histories and asks why some stories remain untold. This inclusive experience will take place on May 11 at Rutgers University-Newark. We hope you will join us to share your history and engage with (other) museum professionals and public history practitioners from organizations of all sizes, librarians, public history educators, volunteers, students and emerging professionals.
While sitting in a weird hotel room in Culver City in 2014, Professor Whit Strub interviewed Tom Hayden about Carl Wittman and Newark. Click HERE to listen to it!
“Tom Hayden (1939-2016) was a major figure in the New Left of the 1960s. A young white man from Michigan, he was physically attacked by racist white Southerners when he accompanied the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on “freedom rides” in the South. He was also an early leader of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the flagshiporganization of the student left and anti-war movement. As the author of the famous 1962 SDS Port Huron Statement, he spoke for white middle-class activists, with the opening line, “We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit.”
Hayden was a straight man, but his importance to Queer Newark history stems from his fraught relationship with Carl Wittman, a gay man with whom Hayden co-authored the important 1963 SDS policy paper “An Interracial Movement of the Poor.”