Journalist, labor organizer, educator. City editor of the New Jersey Herald News. Also wrote On the Scene in Jersey for the New York Amsterdam News. Active in the NAACP and the Leaguers. Appointed by six governors to state commissions. Chairperson of the NJ Commission of the Status of Women. President of the National Association of Commissions on Women. Education director of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. First chair of the West Orange Human Rights Commission. Active in the American Jewish Committee’s Stamp Out Hate Campaign. Public relations director at Essex County College. Helped the college found a Women’s Center. Weekly column “As I See It” in City News. Also active on Cablevision news.
South Side graduate.
Photo from Al Henderson Collection, Newark Public Library
Kukla, Barbara J. Newark Women: From Suffragettes to the Statehouse.
Extensive Star Ledger coverage.
Barbara J. Kukla Papers, Newark Library
Cummings, Charles F. “Community Leaders Improved Lives of Newarkers” Star Ledger. March 24, 2005.
Finley, Charles Q. “Frankness Wins Admirers for Women’s Leader” Star Ledger Jun 17, 1984
Kukla Barbara J. “Veteran Democrat and Black Leader Dies” Star Ledger Oct 21, 1996.