Regarding the Feb. 21 story, "In Atlantic City, a play about growing up in the resort," concerning the play adapted from Turiya S.A. Raheem's book, "Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash's and the Northside":
I grew up in Stanley Homes Village, attended Atlantic City High School and am now a professor of economics at Atlantic Cape Community College. What a fabulous play and a wonderful tribute to Atlantic City.
The play - adapted for the stage and directed by Pamela Hendrick, a theater professor at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey - covered four generations, following the movement of blacks from the South to the North through the Great Migration, the Depression, World War II and the 1960s.
It was historical yet personal, giving a glimpse of a family's perseverance in triumphing over life and its circumstances. The play captures the entrepreneurial spirit of a family that ran a business and took care of itself. The play demonstrates commitment and responsibility to hard work, family, community and the nation, with four brothers serving in the military.
The book and the play make a significant contribution to Atlantic City history and highlight the culture and nuance of black life here. I applaud Raheem and Hendrick for their effort in making this collaboration happen.