Nelson Johnson Delivers Keynote at MLK Awards

Atlantic County’s 24th annual MLK Commemorative Birthday Celebration Friday was January 14th at the County Office Building in Atlantic City. County Executive Dennis Levinson presented the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards to two Atlantic County women.

Jacqueline McBride of Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic City native Turiya S. A. Raheem were recognized for upholding King’s principles who envisioned a colorblind society and strove to end racial segregation and discrimination through civil disobedience and nonviolence based on the teachings of Gandhi.

The awards ceremony on Friday featured a keynote address from Nelson Johnson, Atlantic County historian, and author of “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City.”

The Hammonton resident’s latest book details the extraordinary impact of African-Americans on the city’s history from the early 19th century to its heyday.

The Northside” was recently selected by Library Journal as a Black History Month sneak peek and “Boardwalk Empire” was adapted into a successful HBO series.

In addition, “The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City” recently joined five other nonfiction titles and four fiction books in a listing of Notable African American Titles released this week by the influential Publishers Weeky.