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Rodney Gilbert: Tribute to a Newark “Creative”

February 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Screening of “A Way Out”
Doors open at 12:30 PM.

We will pay tribute to Newark “Creative” Rodney Gilbert with a screening of “A Way Out” directed by Gladys Bensimon, a film project in which he was integrally involved

The Newark Public Library will host a screening of “A Way Out” (53 mins.), a feature documentary that analyzes the factors of success through the stories of three men from Newark, New Jersey – Rodney Gilbert, Kenneth E. Wakefield and Tony Alvarez. These men successfully beat the odds…not by luck, but rather by deliberate support and opportunities that otherwise would have left them poor, incarcerated, or even dead.

In addition to the illustrative and compelling stories, the documentary features the historical, economic and academic analysis of poverty, and of the history of racism and inequality in the United States, including the social disturbances that have occurred in Urban American from the 1960’s to today. Interviewed experts in the documentary include professors of urban entrepreneurship, ethics, and even the first African American mayor in the country.

2:00 PM
The screening will be followed by the Library’s 3rd Annual Black Lives Matter-Newark We will pay tribute to reno panel discussion which will examine how we got here and the systemic challenges our families and communities consistently face. Panelists will provide action steps to help repair the damage and prepare for the future.

Panelists include:
Lori Scott-Pickens, Director, Community Outreach, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark (Moderator)

Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP, The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean, Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School;

Fatimah Loren Muhammad, Director Trauma Advocacy Initiative, Equal Justice USA

Demelza Baer, Senior Counsel and Director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice’s Economic Mobility Initiative

Al Bundy, Co-founder, American Black Male Leadership Institute


February 10
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


For any questions about the arts calendar, please email sindy@newarkarts.org