Robert Curvin, born in 1934, and died September 29, 2015, he was a writer and social activist.
Robert gained recognition as a civil rights leader and world-renowned expert on urban politics, economic development and social policy, as well as for his advocacy skills in breaking down the barriers of discrimination.
A leader in the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) who served as Newark chapter head and national vice-chair, Robert played a key role during the civil rebellion in Newark in 1967, articulating the platform of grievances that changed the landscape of decision-makers overseeing resources in the city and those holding political positions affecting the quality of life of its residents.
“I have to say Bob’s death is huge blow to me personally, to our University community and certainly to this city,” says Chancellor Nancy Cantor.
“In our midst was one of the country’s most incisive social critics, deeply committed to issues of social justice and yet, he was so gentle and kind.
He was someone we could all love and trust.”
“Robert Curvin will be remembered as a Newark treasure and rightly so. He adored Newark.
But in truth, Bob was an American treasure,” recalls Roland Anglin, senior adviser to the chancellor and associate research professor and director, Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies.
“Robert understood the need for opportunity and inclusion in a democracy and devoted his life to making that happen in our country.
Robert will be missed, but his legacy is clear and without doubt: a nation better for his life and work.”