Programs Honor A.C. Natives

Galloway, N.J. – Stockton University will celebrate the lives of two prominent Atlantic City natives, Sara Spencer Washington and Jacob Lawrence, with special programs in February at the John F. Scarpa Academic Center in Atlantic City, 3711 Atlantic Ave.

Watch the award-winning documentary The Sara Spencer Washington Story, a film by Royston Scott, from 1-2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 23 in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room.

sara spencer washingtonThe event will include the presentation of the first Sara Spencer Washington Scholarship, created by Associate Professor of Chemistry Kelly Keenan to support a biochemistry/molecular biology major who is also civic-minded. 

Sara Spencer Washington was the founder of Apex News and Hair Company in Atlantic City. She was honored at the 1939 New York World’s Fair as one of the “Most Distinguished Businesswomen” for her Apex empire of beauty company, schools, and products.

The program is sponsored by Stockton University Office of Development, Atlantic City Campus Operations, Dr. Kelly Keenan, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Stockton Professor of Art History Dr. Kate Ogden and Ralph Hunter, Sr. Founder of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, will discuss the life and legacy of artist Jacob Lawrence from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room.

Jacob Lawrence, born in Atlantic City in Sept. 7, 1917, is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Known for his portrayal of African American life, his works are in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, Phillips Collection, Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the White House.

This program is co-hosted by AC DEVCO and the Chelsea Economic Development Corporation.

Both programs are free and open to the public.

Diane D’Amico
Director of News and Media Relations
Galloway, N.J. 08205