July 6, 2015 |
With the ink still wet on the Supreme Court's 5-4 pro-marriage-equality ruling, figures from the LGBT movement joined thousands of others at Independence Hall on Saturday for the National LGBT 50th anniversary ceremony. Fifty years ago, in the same location, a polite protest by 40 gay men and women sparked the movement with its demands for equal rights for gay people. That demonstration is seen by many as the birth of the modern gay-rights movement. "For the gay community, this is identical in meaning to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," anniversary chairman and co-emcee Malcolm Lazin said before the celebration.
August 24, 2013 |
He suffered it in the Warner Theater, where black people were restricted to the balcony, and at the YMCA, where the young and athletic Bayard Rustin couldn't play. In West Chester, a town that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the civil rights legend, named this month to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, had his first encounters with inequality. But the Chester County borough of 18,000 people also was where Rustin learned the Quaker principles that would propel his activism.
June 16, 2009
Dick Polman ("Obama needs just a bit of Truman's courage," Sunday) is right. President Obama needs to combine courage, justice, and pragmatism in eliminating "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," so that gay and lesbian military personnel aren't eliminated from providing their voluntary and valuable service to our nation. Perhaps Obama needs an A. Philip Randolph, the onetime newspaper editor and longtime labor leader who successfully nudged President Roosevelt in 1941 to guarantee war industry job opportunities for African Americans, but failed temporarily in his goal to see the military become racially integrated.
January 13, 2009 |
Daniel Stewart isn't ready to commit to a college program just yet. But if the Neumann-Goretti basketball standout was, one program in Texas would be very happy. "I really don't have schools in order, but I'm liking the University of Houston," said Stewart, a 6-foot-6 junior forward. Assistant coach Melvin Haralson "shows me a lot of love. " Though leaning toward the Cougars, Stewart said he wouldn't make a decision until the summer. A high-flying dunker, Stewart averaged 11.1 points per game through Sunday for the Saints, The Inquirer's fifth-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
November 29, 2008 |
Archbishop Wood built a 23-0 halftime lead with the aid of a big defensive stop en route to a 37-7 win over Bayard Rustin last night in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Plymouth Whitemarsh. The victory put the Vikings in a semifinal matchup next weekend with Selinsgrove at a site and time to be determined. The Vikings raised their record to 11-2 with the win. Rustin fell to 12-2. The loss ended an 11-game winning streak for the Golden Knights. Senior Sean Cunningham scored four touchdowns for the Vikings, the longest one coming from 69 yards out. Another came on a 20-yard pass from quarterback Sean McCartney.
October 23, 2008
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season for PIAA District 1 football teams, it's time to take a look at the playoff picture. Who is definitely in. Who is probably in. Who could wind up on the outside looking in. Here's how we see it shaking out, with current records, power-points average, and our prediction of each team's final record in parentheses. Class AAAA The 16 teams with the highest points average will qualify. Definitely in: North Penn (8-0 record, 141 power-points average, 10-0 predicted finish)
October 17, 2008 |
Over the summer, Anthony Verderame worked on a construction site for an Exton-based company that specializes in designing and building technical-related facilities. The blue-collar job was a good fit for Verderame, who is familiar with building things from the ground up. That's what he and his teammates have been doing since Bayard Rustin started a varsity football program three years ago. Verderame, a senior tight end and outside linebacker, and company have made major progress on their project of establishing a winning and respected team.
June 4, 2008 |
This wasn't supposed to happen. The Radnor girls' lacrosse team had rolled over opponents during the playoffs, winning by an average of 13 goals a game. They had chalked up 22 straight victories, so winning the PIAA District 1 Class AAA title was going to be easy, right? But to have Bayard Rustin run through them, by them, and, in some instances, over them was something new. The Red Raiders - undefeated and nationally ranked - weren't expecting to get bum-rushed. They were never punched in the face before.
June 4, 2008 |
Radnor coach Phyllis Kilgour had a few things to say to her girls' lacrosse team at halftime last night. Whatever she said, it worked. Outscoring Bayard Rustin by 9-3 after intermission, Radnor went on to earn a 15-11 victory for the District 1 Class AAA championship. The triumph at Marple-Newtown's Harry R. Harvey Field marked the Red Raiders' first district title. It also marked the first time that Radnor (23-0) finished the season with an unblemished record. The Golden Knights (17-3)
May 25, 2008 |
Running back Steve Hess was a marked man while carrying the football for Bayard Rustin the last two football seasons. But the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder knows that on Thursday night, many of the people who were gunning for him will be on his side now. Hess' South team will try to halt a two-game losing streak against the North in Chester County's 10th annual Valor Bowl at Downingtown West. No matter which squad wins, the players know the big winners will be the youngsters and adults who participate in Special Olympics of Chester County.