Words: Tim Raphael


This inaugural issue of Newest Americans is dedicated to Clement Alexander Price—historian, teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend to so many. The stories from the global city we share are a product of the university and the city he loved so wisely and so well.

Several of the stories in this issue are informed by the remarkable interviews collected by the Krueger-Scott Cultural Center’s African-American Oral History Project. The 14 pages of interview questions and the training of the citizen-volunteers who conducted the interviews were the work of Clem and his close friend and fellow historian of African-American New Jersey, Giles Wright.

Clem’s signature Marion Thompson Wright lecture series took place in Newark every February at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the Rutgers campus. On the day of MTW, people from all over and from all walks of life gathered to grapple with the joys and sorrows of our shared history. Clem Price made history matter to people. He was able to do so because what that most distinguished Rutgers alum Paul Robeson said of playwright Lorraine Hansberry was true of Clem as well:

She had her roots deep in her people. . .
As an artist she reflected the life and struggles of our day in her work
and leaves a precious heritage.
Her soul has grown deep like rivers.

Clem at RN Lectern

Of the many moving tributes to Clem, we share this column from Newest Americans contributor Mark Di Ionno. Mark is both a graduate of and a journalism professor at Rutgers University Newark. He was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work at the Newark Star-Ledger:

Rutgers’ Clement Price: a lesson in gentle enlightenment

NJ.Com: By Mark Di Ionno/The Star-Ledger

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Visuals: Ashley Gilberston, Ed Kashi, Julie Winokur


From Where I Stand

Audio essays created by students in a Narrative Journalism class in response to the prompt "From Where I Stand"...

Visuals: David Bergeland and Journalism students
Sound: Ogechukwu Gbanite, Haminah Johnson, Evan Leblanc



GlassBook Project: Provisions

Books made of glass inspired by the stories from the Krueger-Scott African American oral history project.

Words: Samantha Boardman
Visuals: Nyier Abdou, Rachel Dennis, Nick Kline


American Sueño

A continuing series investigating how different immigration statuses impact the members of a single Mexican-American family.

Visuals: Gareth Smit, Ron Haviv, Rachel Dennis


Face of a City

The first installment of a graphic novel exploring Newark through the eyes of an Asian-American student who arrives in the city to attend college.

Words: Alex W. Yoe
Visuals: Alex W. Yoe


Notes For My Homeland

A Syrian-American composer responds to the tragedies instigated by the Assad regime by composing music in support of the Syrian Revolution, and performing it at great personal risk.

Visuals: Ed Kashi


Transcendental Latino

A spoken word poem written for Something to Declare, a student devised theater piece about the immigrant experience.

Words: Orlando Velez
Visuals: David Bergeland


Transcendental Latino


Maid in the USA

Shana Russell’s provocation to think with her about the domestic labor, scholarship and questions that get left on the cutting room floor.

Words: Shana Russell


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