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The Black Lives Matter mural will be painted in the streets of the city on the same day the protest is scheduled

By on March 11, 2021 0

TO UPDATE: We won’t be painting BLM on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the organizer says

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. announced Wednesday that Black lives matter it will be painted on a city street on Friday afternoon.

The mural will be painted on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between Atlantic and Pacific avenues, the same block where the Civil Rights Garden is and where Small made the announcement.

“As many of you know, what’s going on in this country is disgusting,” Small said. “As a black man, I’m offended.”

“And we really believe that all lives matter,” he said. “But for all lives to matter, black lives must matter too.”

The announcement came two days before a gathering of local activist Steve Young on the same day, intending to paint Black Lives Matter on the Boardwalk opposite Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

“The planned protest scheduled for Friday should be peaceful,” Small said. “However, it is forbidden to paint on the seafront”.

Small businesses and insured residents will be protected if needed, and he said the city “will no longer tolerate embarrassing behavior.”

A protest on May 31st, which began peacefully, ended in riots and the destruction of numerous businesses at the Tanger Outlets, and 95 suspects were subsequently charged in relation to revolt and pillage. Hundreds of people marched peacefully in Atlantic City against police brutality on June 6. On July 4th, Young organized a protest that ended with his arrest, along with six others, after they and other protesters marched to the base of the Atlantic City Expressway.

Artist’s impression of the Black Lives Matter street mural to be painted on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between Atlantic and Pacific avenues, the same block as the Civil Rights Garden, in Atlantic City on Friday, September 4, 2020.Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Black Lives Matter street wall painting will be part of a community celebration starting at 2.30pm on a Friday. The artist’s rendering of the mural shows the word Black painted in red, Lives painted in black, and Materia painted in green – the colors of the Pan-African flag, which was adopted by the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1920 and often seen at Martin’s commemoration parades Luther King Jr. Day and civil rights demonstrations.

The event is supported by the city, the NAACP, the Atlantic City Fellowship of Churches, Atlantic City Foundation for the Arts, and other local organizations and businesses. Additionally, digital billboards on CRDA buildings – the Atlantic City Convention Center, Wave Parking Lot, and Boardwalk Hall – will host messages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Similar messages will also be in the rotation of ads on digital billboards positioned along the Boardwalk. There is also talk of putting those messages on some of the casinos, like the ball on top of the Ocean Casino Resort and on the Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City building, according to Small.

“I want to extend the olive branch to Mr. Young and ask him to join us on this great day of unity,” Small said.

“You can’t take away his hard work with the civil rights movement and all, and we want him to join us on this day in peace so that we can all unite for a common cause.”

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Lori M. Nichols can be reached at [email protected]. Follow Lori on Instagram at @photog_lori.

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