ATLANTIC CITY — The latest “Justice for Nadirah” rally was held last Monday (May 9) at the Soldier’s Home. Nadirah’s grandfather spoke, as well as Imam Wali of Masjid Muhammad, A.C., Rev. McCoy of the Fellowship of Churches, Pastor Matthews of Salem Methodist in P’ville, Rev. Delaney of Central United Methodist in Linwood, Steve Young of the National Action Network and Chief Jubilee, demonstrating a real unified concern.
Among other things, the speakers reminded audience members to continue with their present community awareness, to reach out to our youth constantly, not only in troubled times, that whatever affects us in Atlantic City also affects nearby communities and that what happened to Nadirah can happen to any one of us or those we love.
Chief Jubilee assured the audience that this crime “WILL be solved.”
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Bridge of Faith already has more than 25 sponsors for its 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Memorial. The program is currently in its planning stage, but things are shaping up nicely with representation from many diverse sections of our local community.
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Great news! If you missed excerpts from several of August Wilson’s plays back in March, not to worry. The Atlantic City Theatre Guild will perform them again on Sunday, May 29, at Wash’s Inn in Pleasantville, 4pm. Tickets are only $10, $12 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the guild and the Children’s Cultural Arts Foundation, which exposes local children to the arts at no cost to the children or their families. CCAF also gives two annual scholarships to deserving high school graduates.
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Visitors aren’t the only ones who love our soft beige sand and glistening ocean. Already I’ve bumped into plenty of locals enjoying the beach and Boardwalk before the start of the summer season. A surprising number of tourists are laid out like it’s the middle of summer, which gives us locals a nice laugh.
We’ll have plenty of time for that. Right now, these sunny days have brought to mind some creative verses, though:
The salty fishiness of it makes me inhale, as if by doing so, I become one with it. I’ve only been to the Pacific a few times and hardly remember its sound, but the Atlantic Ocean has a roar, a raw sound of power, at once intense and subtle, soothing and fearful.
Nothing soothes me the way it does, especially after a trauma of some sort, a death, announced illness or funeral of a family member.
It reminds me, like no other entity can, that life goes on. The immensity of this ocean causes me to think beyond here and now, to remember that there is an unseen world beyond these shores. Why else would we have dreams?
The golden dream-like horizon makes me think that the sky and ocean end there, but we know they do not. It’s similar to how our involvement in daily activities can make us forget about other worlds, other life forms, maybe even other universes.
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