Newark Mayor Baraka appoints Junius Williams city historian
Published December 13, 2018 | Manny Faces
This past Monday, Newark mayor Ras Baraka appointed Junius Williams, Esq. to the position of City Historian, during a ceremony at Municipal Council Chamber in City Hall.
Williams is a Newark native, and a professor, lawyer and activist. He is recently retired from the post of Director of the Rutgers-Abbott Leadership Institute, an initiative created to help improve the public school system by fostering engagement between parents, educators and students. These program, which he founded, has worked with more than 4,500 parents to participate in the educational lives of their children.
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Williams will continue the work of previous official historians, including the city’s first, Charles Cummings, who served from 1988 until his death in 2005, and his successor, award-winning historian and Rutgers University-Newark History Professor Dr. Clement Alexander Price, who served until his passing in 2005.
Williams is a graduate of Amherst College and Yale Law School, and an active participant in the fight for civil rights. In 1978 he was the youngest person elected as President of National Bar Association. In his hometown of Newark, he was Director of Community Development and the Model Cities Program for the city, which worked to improve housing and commercial development.
His memoir, Unfinished Agenda, Urban Policies in the Era of Black Power, is acclaimed for its perspective on tackling societal issues including crime, poverty, and underperforming schools.