March 5, 2015 |
TODAY COULD have been another historic first for Philadelphia - a day to showcase why we're the City of Brotherly Love. U.N. Ambassador Jang Il Hun and Counselor Kwon Jong Gun were among members of the North Korean mission to the United Nations set to sample our hospitality, with visits to the Liberty Bell, Reading Terminal Market and Philadelphia Museum of Art, according to Kerri Kennedy, of the American Friends Service Committee. It would have been historic: The North Korean U.N. representatives normally never leave New York because the United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea.
December 27, 2014 |
Warren A. Witte, 74, of Newtown, who worked throughout the country to offer aid and social assistance through Quaker organizations, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Temple University Hospital of an acute respiratory infection. Born in Wauwatosa, Wis., Mr. Witte spent much of his life in social service through the American Friends Service Committee and Friends Services for the Aging. After retiring in 2006, he remained involved in service through a committee he established to assist Bosnians and the Friends Board Training and Support Project, Chandler Hall and George School.
March 13, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA It has been used with great effect to challenge those in power and bring about social change, to further the civil rights movement, to end apartheid in South Africa, and to advance the cause of the United Farm Workers in California's San Joaquin Valley. An exhibit opening Wednesday at the offices of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) titled "Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism" illustrates the power of boycotts in bringing about change around the world over the last 50 years.
April 24, 2013 |
When the jailed leader of the civil rights era scribbled the first words of what would become a literary touchstone for writings on oppression and protest, Drexel Hill's Jonathan Rieder was forging a suburban kid's path to activism. The student member of the NAACP ditched science class at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood to attend a demonstration. He rose to his feet at Quaker meeting to talk about the turmoil in the South. Decades later, Rieder wrote a book about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his famed "Letter From Birmingham Jail," revealing an indignant and angry leader impatient for change.
October 7, 2012 |
Louis W. Schneider, 97, of Glenmoore, who aided victims of war and poverty for more than four decades as an administrator with the American Friends Service Committee, died Thursday, Sept. 20, at his farm. Mr. Schneider grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and graduated from Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Schneider, whose grandfather and four uncles were Protestant ministers, then became a minister at a nondenominational church in Riverside, N.Y., after graduating from the seminary.
March 25, 2012 |
Jay Nordlinger?is a senior editor of National Review and the author of the just-released "Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World" (Encounter Books) The story of the Nobel Peace Prize is a long one, beginning in 1901. It is also an interesting one, boasting a huge, diverse cast of characters. In 1947, it becomes a bit of a Philadelphia story. The prize was shared that year by two Quaker relief organizations: the Friends Service Council in London and the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia.
November 3, 2007 |
While she was the interim head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, Joan Countryman was struck by the talent, spark, and the thirst for knowledge of the seventh and eighth graders chosen to attend the free, private boarding school. "These kids have 'it,' " explained Countryman, a former math teacher and administrator at Germantown Friends School who spent eight months helping launch Winfrey's $40 million school near Johannesburg. "They are lively and interested in their education.
October 8, 2007 |
Dr. Leo Eloesser planned his legacy down to the last exacting detail. "I direct that my corpse be buried as cheaply as possible in whatever town or place I may happen to die," he wrote in his will on Feb. 14, 1975. A celebrity doctor of his day, a friend of left-wing artists like Pablo Casals and Frida Kahlo, Eloesser insisted on the simplest of send-offs: His casket should be a "plain wooden box. " His grave marker should cost $5 or less. The only extravagance: $500 for "a decent string quartet" to play a Mozart quartet in C major.
July 5, 2007 |
Lawrence M. Miller Jr., 87, of New Britain, a Quaker activist, died of a stroke June 19 at home. For almost 50 years, Mr. Miller was active with the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia. He coordinated projects in Asia and the Middle East, represented Quakers at international conferences in China, Kenya, Romania, and the Soviet Union, spoke out for human rights, supported efforts to end world poverty, and participated in antiwar and civil-rights marches with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.