September 17, 2016 |
In the big, ongoing festival of American culture, the National Mall in Washington is the main stage. Ever since the Smithsonian Institution erected its imposing stone castle there in 1855, the linear park has been assembling an all-star lineup of museums and monuments that collectively tell our nation's story. The mall has even managed to find room for events that happened abroad, like the Holocaust. And yet, a fundamental part of the American story, one that informs almost everything that happens in our country, has largely been left out of the mix. That omission will finally be rectified Sept.
September 3, 2016 |
Gov. Christie wasn't kidding when he told Republicans in Philadelphia on Sunday that their nominee for president, Donald Trump, would soon pay a visit. Trump will visit Philadelphia on Friday afternoon for a private meeting with African American voters at a North Broad Street catering hall operated by a nonprofit controlled by the Greater Exodus Baptist Church. Trump's campaign declined to comment, but the visit was confirmed by two congressional candidates - both African American - who were invited to the event by the Republican State Committee.
August 25, 2016 |
I SPOKE WITH Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, and the senator from Virginia shared policies to address the unemployment, unequal treatment and inferior education systems that continue to encumber blacks in this country. But as I listened to Kaine speak of career and technical training as a remedy to the school to prison pipeline, and infrastructure reinvestment as a solution to unemployment, the ghost of Donald Trump lingered ominously in the background. It was Trump, after all, who had made an assumption-laden pitch to black voters only days before I spoke with Kaine.
July 21, 2016
VIDEO EVIDENCE clearly indicated that a portion of Melania Trump's speech to the Republican National Convention was copied from a passage of Michelle Obama's 2008 speech to the Democratic National Convention. The plagiarism, we can forgive. After all, the stolen passages dealt with the principles of keeping one's word, working hard and dreaming big. Such words are laudable, whether Democrats or Republicans utter them. But once the plagiarism was proved, Donald Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, arrogantly told us that it was "beyond absurd" to believe that Melania Trump would steal Obama's words.
July 16, 2016
Police on Thursday were investigating a threat to bomb the African American Museum in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention here this month. The museum, at Seventh and Arch Streets in Center City, received a threatening letter Thursday and reported it to police. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security for city police, said detectives were investigating. Museum officials could not be reached for comment. - Robert Moran
June 21, 2016 |
"We're going to rebuild our inner cities, which are absolutely a shame and so sad. We're going to take care of our African-American people that have been mistreated for so long. " - Donald Trump, June 7, 2016 I AM on record for attacking Trump for some of the most bigoted and racist statements he has made over the course of this presidential election; however, if he says something of extreme importance that acknowledges the plight of the African-American community, I have a moral obligation to respond to that, as well.
June 11, 2016 |
Octavius V. Catto, one of Philadelphia's greatest of Renaissance men, an activist, educator, writer, athlete, and speaker gunned down in election violence in 1871, will at last be fully honored by the city where he lived and died for his beliefs and for the color of his skin. The design for a public memorial to Catto, which will grace City Hall's southern apron, will be presented to the public at a Mayor's Reception Room gathering at 11 a.m. Friday, and the artist, Branly Cadet, will be introduced to talk about his work.
June 9, 2016 |
Donald Trump needed validation. At a rally Friday, Trump was discussing racial violence at his events and the perception that nonwhite people are against him when he singled out a black man in the crowd. "Look at my African American over here," Trump said, pointing. "Look at him. Are you the greatest?" The gesture - reminiscent of Trump with a Cinco de Mayo taco bowl at Trump Tower tweeting "I love Hispanics!" - was as respectful as if he had just instructed the crowd to "look at my Irish setter over here.
June 5, 2016 |
Mark C. Alexander, named Friday as the new dean of Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law, has had a long and varied career as a law school administrator and scholar, a litigator, and even a political adviser and candidate. He served at one time as senior adviser for President Obama's 2008 presidential election campaign, and once ran for office - unsuccessfully, in the Democratic primary for the New Jersey Senate in 2013. He has been widely published, and is known as an expert on the First Amendment.
May 27, 2016 |
In one of Theodore Harris' collages, now on view at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, bursts of red bleed over a printed ballot form, stickers and images layer the surface: U.S. Out of Iraq Now, Does Praying Do Any Good?, Stop Executions, the Death Penalty Is a Hate Crime. At the center of this jittery, violent triptych, beneath a plume of exploding, cascading black, is an image of Malcolm X. Harris' piece is called The Ballot or the Bullet , a very direct reference to Malcolm X's famous 1964 speech: "It's time now for you and me to become more politically mature and realize what the ballot is for; what we're supposed to get when we cast a ballot; and that if we don't cast a ballot, it's going to end up in a situation where we're going to have to cast a bullet.