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  • Visibility and Storytelling

    By Mariah Fabel The education system lacks diversity in history and narratives of Black experiences. Having history textbooks written in primarily Eurocentric points of view, results in students lacking understanding of the past’s true extent. African American Storytelling is necessary because oppressed and disenfranchised populations have been denied accurate recounts of past experiences. Kathryn L. […]

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  • Perry Mays & The Chicken Bone Beach

    By Diamond Pilgrim I had the privilege of interviewing my Grandfather. Well, before mentioning what I questioned him on, let me introduce him. Born in the early 1950s, my grandfather, Perry Mays, experienced the Civil Rights Movement in Southern New Jersey as a young, African American man. As the only one in my family to […]

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  • Margaret Creswell: New Jersey’s First Policewoman

    Sean Murphy Margaret Briar Creswell Hiawatha, Atlantic City’s first policewoman, made a large impact on the lives of African Americans in Atlantic City. She was born on April 27, 1899 to African American parents John and Willie Briar in Greenville, South Carolina. Her mother worked as a nurse and her father, a contractor. Raised a […]

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  • Atlantic City Blog Post

    By Michelle Dorantes  In April of 1990, Donald Trump opened his biggest project of his career, the 42-story, $1 billion Trump Taj Mahal. In just a short amount of time, Trump became a commanding figure in Atlantic City with his casinos accounting for nearly a third of its gambling revenues and employing more than 8,000 […]

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  • Miss Black America

    By Brianna Holder “The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in the American society.” – John Lewis. Today, social media has made such an enormous impact when dealing with racism. Everyone seems to be feeling this impact; it makes one think about race in ways that they may not have thought about […]

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  • How the Film “Our Side: The other Atlantic City” Explicates African American Culture Within Atlantic City

    By Christine Adams The play “Growing up in the other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside” reflects the culture of the Black community in Atlantic City in the past that also still makes relevant connections with Atlantic City today. The film captures the essence of what it is like to be an African American living […]

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  • The Importance of the History of Atlantic City Examined Through “Our Side: The other Atlantic City”

    By Alexis Cintron Working with the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) has given me an idea about how this organization has impacted Atlantic City and other communities. Atlantic City is known for the casinos and the fast life. The old motto before “Do AC” was “Welcome to Atlantic City, always turned on.” I never really understood […]