Category: Local History

Camden Love Hate: A movie review

Submitted by: Sean M. Brown A few days ago, I joined about 100 attendees for the first private showing of Camden Love Hate, a documentary that students from Camden Center for Youth Development, a Camden alternative school, filmed with handheld cameras. The project was initiated and directed by Daniel Meirom, professional film maker, in collaboration with CCYD. The project started in 2008. In the opening scene of the movie, a news broadcaster describes one of the most horrific crimes in Camden’s history: the murder of two teens that sat in a car, attacked by a man with a machete and gun. I

A City Like a Phoenix: Belinda Manning on the Lifeblood of Atlantic City

“For years, this city has been like the phoenix… we have not learned from its past resurrections the importance of including residents, and those people who struggle on a day to day basis to keep this city alive, and provide the lifeblood of this city.” – Belinda Manning Belinda Manning is a poet, artist, community activist, volunteer, and long-time resident of Atlantic County. A few weeks ago, we met in the Civil Rights Garden in Atlantic City to talk about the importance of this place to her. We talked about the power and promise of this Garden, as well as the challenges