Author Nelson Johnson, book cover artist Tyrone L. Hart and Ralph Hunter of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey in Newtonville each spoke Thursday, sharing their gratitude and respective stories about the Northside. Also addressing the audience was Braxton Plummer, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, and John Emge, executive director of United Way of Atlantic County.
Both organizations are receiving a portion of the sales from “The Northside” because Johnson, a Superior Court judge, cannot collect the royalties from the book.
Emge said the donation will be used in a number of ways by his organization – including grants to other agencies, and community services such as substance abuse counseling and unemployment support. He added the evening’s event was important for paying tribute to those who helped highlight the significance of blacks in the development of Atlantic City.
“We wanted to look at a way to kick off a big community celebration,” Emge said.