ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 24, 2019) – Nia Franklin Miss America 2019 visited with key members of the Atlantic City community Thursday afternoon.
Franklin’s first stop was to the Atlantic City Police Department where she greeted and thanked the ACPD for their ongoing commitment to keeping the Atlantic City community safe. Franklin took a tour of the facilities and even had a chance to visit the “control room” where ACPD prepares for and monitors the famous “Show Me Your Shoes” Parade.
“I am so grateful for the work these men and women do! From the countless hours they put in during the week of Miss America to the heroic things they do on a daily basis to keep New Jersey citizens safe, I just wanted them to know that I appreciate them,” said Franklin. “I know the Miss America Organization looks forward to their partnership every year, and I certainly look forward to being back in Atlantic City and visiting with them again soon.”
After her visit with ACPD, Franklin had the chance to meet with Atlantic City’s Mayor Gilliam at City Hall. Franklin and Gilliam discussed her plans for her social impact initiative of arts education and her visits with Atlantic City schools.. The two also spoke at length about the continued need for initiatives to support women’s empowerment.
“I am happy to have had the chance to discuss so much with Mayor Gilliam today,” said Franklin, “I have enjoyed my visits to the Atlantic City schools and look forward to additional opportunities to work with Atlantic City to further promote the arts by visiting with schools and leading master classes. ”
Visiting with community leaders across the country is just one part of Franklin’s new job. As an arts education advocate, Franklin has worked with the likes of Lincoln Center, ASCAP, and Julliard to bring attention to the need for more arts education in schools. In addition, Franklin is the national ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and serves as a partner for Sing for Hope, an international organization.