City Children and Their Cultures: From Street Life to Political Culture

CITY CHILDREN AND THEIR CULTURES: From Street Life to Political Culture

This program was held on Novemeber 9, 2000 at the Newark Public Library with guest speakers, Dr. Terry Williams and Dr. Carl Nightingale.

Dr. Terry Williams, Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research, presented Teenage Confessions: Violence and Urban Street Life.  Dr. Williams is the author of Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story of a Teenage Drug Ring and Crackhouse: Notes from the End of the Line.  He is also the director and founder of the Harlem Youth Writers Crew.  A few of the young writers---Michael Lewis, Neruda Williams, and Reynold Lewis were present at the event and read their own written work.

Dr. Carl Nightingale, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, presente a talk titled Got the Power: Young People and Politics in American Inner Cities.  Dr. Nightingale is the author of On the Edge: A History of Poor Black Children and Their American Dreams.


About the City Children and Their Cultures series:

At the end of the Spring semester 1998 the Institute mounted, in conjunction with the Newark Public Schools, a community oriented lecture and discussion series that explored the transformation of urban youth culture in the United States over the near half-century that followed the end of World War II. Titled City Children and Their Cultures and supported by grants from the Victoria Foundation and the Schumann Fund of New Jersey, the series invited nationally recognized scholars on children to speak to and interact with a cross section of Newark parents, educators, foundation heads, and advocates for children. The objective of the two-part series was to help the major stakeholders in Newark’s youth-oriented sectors contextualize the life of the City’s youngsters, and to foster a sense of intellectual camaraderie among those stakeholders in a public setting. City Children and Their Cultures was held at the Newark Museum and was free of charge to parents, educators and the public.