Newark Councilman who organized the defense of the North Ward of Newark, during the 1967 Newark riots.
Before he started the North Ward Citizens Committee in 1966, he was a butcher and deli owner. He started the North Ward Citizens Committee because of the lawlessness taking place within the City of Newark, NJ. He took a stand against anyone who wanted to burn, loot or kill during that turbulent period in Newark, in the late 1960's.
In 1969 he started the North Ward Citizens Volunteer First Aid Squad, manned by volunteer's and for 37 years he served the people of Newark free of charge. He served proudly as a Newark Councilman, New Jersey State Assemblyman (2 terms) and as a New Jersey State Senator. In 1970, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor against Kenneth Gibson.
In that racially charged atmosphere in Newark, while many of Newark's white population left, he stayed and raised a family and operated a business. While some of Newark's African-American population considered him a racist, those who knew him personally, White or African-American, knew he was a man who judged people by their actions, not the color of their skin. He is still considered a hero by many of the residents of North Newark.
Kathleen Louise Imperiale
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