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New Voices for Newark: The Mayoral Candidates in Conversation with Dr. Clement Price

NJPAC and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM’s
New Voices for Newark: The Mayoral Candidates in Conversation with Dr. Clement Price

Candid, One-on-One Conversations with the Newark Mayoral Candidates on the Future of the City

April 14 and April 21 at 7pm
Free and Open to the Public at NJPAC

NEWARK, NJ (February 19, 2014) – New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM today announced a joint presentation of two unique hour-long conversations, one each with Newark mayoral candidates Councilman Ras Baraka and former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, moderated by Dr. Clement Price and introduced by WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.  The conversations, free and open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis, will take place on Monday April 14 (Jeffries) and Monday, April 21(Baraka) at 7pm – in NJPAC’s Chase Room, will be streamed live at www.wbgo.org, and will air in full later in the week on WBGO Jazz 88.3FM.  The general election for the next mayor of Newark takes place Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

“Newark is at a major transition point in its history,” said NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber. “These conversations with the candidates vying to lead the city will allow Newarkers to learn where each candidate stands on important issues and get a better understanding of each man’s vision for the future. We are grateful to partner with Dr. Price and WBGO to host these conversations in and for the community we call home.”

On January 31, 2014, Dr. Clement A. Price, a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor at Rutgers and history professor, was named official historian for the City of Newark by Mayor Luis A. Quintana.  In 2006, he moderated public conversations in that year’s Newark mayoral race between U.S. Senator Cory Booker (then Newark’s incumbent Mayor) and New Jersey State Senator Ronald Rice.

“Both of these remarkably talented, and very different, political and civic leaders have chosen to put themselves before Newark’s voters and the larger public at a time when the future of the city is at a cusp inconceivable a generation ago. My conversation with each of them should be a valuable insight into how they think, what they have learned, and how they individually imagine Newark’s next big steps forward,” said Dr. Price.  

Both hour-long conversation will be broadcast live at www.wbgo.org and will air in full the following Sunday morning at 9am on WBGO Jazz88.3FM. The Sunday airings will broadcast from 9 to 10am on April 20 and 27.

“We are excited to once again partner with NJPAC and our good friend Dr. Price of Rutgers-Newark to provide an in-depth look into the Newark mayoral race,” said Doug Doyle, News Director at WBGO.  “The talks will be engaging and informative, allowing voters in Brick City to make up their own minds about who they want as their next leader.”

The Candidates

Ras Baraka
Ras Baraka was elected to the Newark Municipal Council in 2010 to represent the South Ward. Born, raised and educated in Newark, he graduated from Howard University with a degree in political science and history and earned a master’s in education supervision from St. Peter’s University. A community organizer for more than 20 years, he ran his first campaign for Newark mayor in 1994, at the age of 24. In 2002, he was appointed Deputy Mayor to fulfill the unexpired term of the late South Ward Councilman Donald Tucker. Baraka is credited with transforming Central High School, where he has been principal since 2007. He is the son of the late poet and author Amiri Baraka and the poet Amina Baraka and the father of three girls.

Shavar Jeffries
Shavar Jeffries is a fifth-generation Newarker who was raised by his grandmother, a public school teacher, in the city’s South Ward. Since 2004, he has been an associate professor at the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall Law School, where he and his students handle primarily pro bono cases for the benefit of Newark schoolchildren. In 2008, Jeffries took a leave from the law school to serve as Assistant Attorney General and Counsel to the New Jersey Attorney General. He is a former President of the Newark Advisory School Board and the boards of the Boys and Girls Club and TEAM Academy Charter School, both of Newark, and serves as counsel to the Newark law firm Gibbons P.C. Jeffries is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Law School.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States.  It is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.  As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists, while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city.  Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.  NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (including more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.  Visit www.njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.

About WBGO Jazz 88.3FM/WBGO.org
Founded in 1979, Newark Public Radio, Inc. is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz at WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey and worldwide via wbgo.org. WBGO is the recognized world leader in jazz radio and one of the most respected jazz presenters in the country, and offers award-winning news and innovative children’s programs. Beyond reaching 350,000 weekly listeners (including 17,000 contributing members) on air, online and via mobile devices, WBGO presents live broadcasts from prestigious jazz venues and produces acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions.