African American Cultural Heritage Short Course

Galloway, N.J. – Stockton University will host its second African American Cultural Heritage Short Course at the Stockton Atlantic City campus, 3711 Atlantic Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

This year’s theme is “Migration and Movement,” and will feature seminars, arts, culture, and films. Educators and social workers can earn professional development credits.

Keynote speaker will be Henrietta Shelton, founder of the Chicken Bone Beach Foundation and Jazz School who will speak at 10 a.m. An African American Book and Media Fair will also be open from noon to 3 p.m., feature the works of African American authors and artists.

Attendees will have a choice of one-hour workshops. Presenters include:

  • Turiya S.A. Raheem, author of “Growing up in the Other Atlantic City” Wash’s and the Northside,” who will speak on growing up in the Northside. A screening of his film “Our Side: The Other Atlantic City” will also be shown.
  • Nelson Johnson, author and retired judge, who will discuss his book, “The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City.”
  • Hope Gaines from the Center for Community Arts will discuss Cape May oral histories that are included in a new book.
  • Linda Williamson Nelson, who will speak on “African American English: Legitimate Language, Legitimate History.”
  • Lester Muhammad and Kaleem Shabazz, who will present a film screening and discussion of the history of the Muslim community at Atlantic City’s Muhammad Temple #10 from the 1940s to today.
  • Paige Vaccaro from C.R.O.P.S. who will talk about how they are helping communities come together through urban gardening.
  • Richlyn Goddard, who will talk about the “History of Sons & Daughters of the Island in Atlantic City,” based on her research on descendants of early West Indians in Atlantic City.
  • Christina Noble, will lead a hands-on workshop on the Stories of Atlantic City, allowing participants to consider their own experiences with migration and movement.
  • Cheryl Woodruff Brooks, who will speak on the history of Chicken Bone Beach, featuring historical research and pictorial archives.
  • An Atlantic City Mural and Northside Shuttle Tour will also be offered from 1:30-3:30 p.m. led by Zach Katzen and Levi Fox.

    A closing reflection featuring an interfaith panel of Atlantic City religious leaders will end the program from 4-5 p.m. with a discussion led by Blanche White-Toole on the how religious groups are involved in the city.

    Tickets for the daylong program are $45. The event is sponsored by the Office of Continuing Studies at Stockton University at 609 652-4227. More information and registration are online at