Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
James L. Cooper
1929 - 2017
Renowned trial attorney, business leader, philanthropist, advocate for civil rights, justice, and education.
Jim Cooper graduated from Atlantic City High School, Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School and, in 1957, founded the law firm now known as as Cooper Levenson.
Jim volunteered with President Kennedy's Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and, in 1968, traveled to Mississippi to fight for the cause. Jim was a prime mover in changing the New Jersey Constitution to allow for Casino Gaming in Atlantic City.
His commitment to improving our community never waned. He spearheaded the redevelopment of Historic Gardner's Basin and the building of the Atlantic City Aquarium. In 2014, he established Let Us Eat, Please, a charity to provide food to hundreds of families through local schools. Jim championed education for local residents and was named President Emeritus of the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation Board.
Other recognitions: the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey Award for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Justice; The Rosa Parks Award of the African-American Male Conference; and
Erected by City of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey, City of Atlantic City series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1957.
Location. 39° 21.799′ N, 74° 25.542′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of North North Carolina Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, in the median on North North Carolina Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1141 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elwood Samuel Roberts II (within shouting distance of this marker); Leavander W. Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph T. Allmond (approx. 0.2 miles away); Micah "Dew" Tennant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maceo H. Turner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cora Hillery Boggs (approx. William "Sonny" Lea (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clarence C. Davenport, Sr. (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
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