NOTE: Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small will appear live tomorrow, Thursday, September 3rd, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on WPG Talk Radio 95.5 FM on “Hurley in the Morning.” No limits on the questions that will be posed.

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small just loves to play three-dimensional chess vs. determined political checker players.

You can tune into Mayor Small at 12:00 noon today (Wednesday, September 2, 2020) for his Facebook Live press conference.

Small is up to something. Exactly what, we don’t know.

But, knowing Small as we do, my hunch is that Small has had a “Black Lives Matter” breakthrough, relative to this Friday’s planned event in Atlantic City.

My prediction is that Small has successfully wrestled control from Young. We’ll know for sure soon enough.

For the third consecutive major holiday this summer, local activist Steve Young has purposely scheduled a protest, rally and (now) an event.

In a story that we broke, this Friday, September 4, 2020 there will be a “Black Lives Matter” event, featuring George Floyd’s brother.

Young has promised in advance that it will be peaceful and that his desire is for it to be inclusive.

It is also Young’s goal to have various members of the community to paint Black Lives Matter in orange paint on the boardwalk, directly across from Historic Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.

Painting the boardwalk is currently against Atlantic City local laws.

Stay tuned here. This is a developing story. We’ll update as warranted.

ADDENDUM: 12:30 p.m., 9/2/20, immediately following Mayor Small’s press conference.

Mayor Small has now confirmed that he is working with the state of New Jersey, the Atlantic City Chapter NAACP, the community fellowship of churches, art foundation and, other partners in order to make this a truly cultural, educational and teachable moment.

Mayor Small just told me, “it’s not about paint, it’s about a movement. We would like to see the casinos display Black Lives Matter on the outside of their buildings. The Wave parking garage and the Convention Center will display Black Lives Matter, along with the Boardwalk video screens (on a rotating basis),” said Small.

Joe Jingoli donated all of the paint and other required supplies.

The streets will be painted with (Black Lives Matter) on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, curb to curb, right near the Civil Rights Garden area, in order to tie the entire message together.

In the interest of unity, Small has invited Steve Young to be involved with this community project.

We have also learned and confirmed that there has been a staff person from The United States Department of Justice, who has been successfully mediating between the Small administration and Steve Young.

Here is a glimpse of what the Black Lives Matter art will look like.

Marty Small photo provided exclusively to Harry Hurley
Marty Small photo provided exclusively to Harry Hurley
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