January 21, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Nearly 50 years ago, Mel Dorn, then a young civil rights activist, worked closely with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cecil B. Moore in protests against segregation at Girard College. On Monday, Dorn will be a volunteer in the 19th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service at the North Philadelphia private school he worked to see integrated. Dorn, 69, who has held a variety of jobs and who currently works as a concert promoter, will be among hundreds of volunteers at Girard College, site of the Day of Service signature project.
August 23, 2013 |
THEY ARE old now, those still living who were among the hundreds of thousands on the National Mall that August afternoon in 1963 when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. energized a movement. But they do not forget. Here are memories from three Philadelphians who attended the March on Washington. Henry Nicholas The president of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees was a 27-year-old attendant at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in 1963. He led the charge to bring 5,000 members of his hospital workers union, AFSCME's District 1199C, by train to Washington, the largest turnout of any single group.
February 21, 2013 |
Whenever 13-year-old Samuel Lindner goes out with his friends, his parents remind him to "act like you've been somewhere. " The phrase has been a constant in the Lindner household since Sam was in preschool. It means he should present himself with confidence, bred of education and experience. Be polite, on his best behavior, and make smart choices. On the surface, the advice sounds like typical parental nagging. But Sam, his 15-year-old sister, Sophia, and his parents know those five words connote much more - a set of unwritten rules that can mean the difference between success or failure, even life or death.
May 27, 2012 |
As energetic as the audience it's intended for, young adult fiction continues to sparkle. Here are a few of the more vibrant YA titles published over the last few months: Black Boy, White School By Brian F. Walker HarperTeen. $17.99 This bright, engaging book introduces us to Ant, a 14-year-old black kid from a tough Cleveland neighborhood where crime is an everyday occurrence. Soon, however, he gets uprooted and sent to a fancy boarding school in Maine, a predominantly white and culturally very different place.
January 7, 2010 |
In 1965, Ken Salaam was a 16-year-old civil-rights activist, protesting day and night against a whites-only admissions policy at North Philadelphia's Girard College. Yesterday, inside Founders Hall, Salaam was hailed for his work for social justice as officials announced that the school would be the key assembly point of the 15th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 18. Each year, tens of thousands of volunteers across the region make the King holiday a day of community service.
November 10, 2008 |
OWEN GOWANS was only 4-years-old when Cecil B. Moore, the fiery-tongued, flamboyant lawyer and civil-rights leader, led picketing for seven months and 17 days in 1965 outside the 10-foot stone wall that surrounded fortresslike Girard College. Day after day, from May 1 to Dec. 17, marchers demanded that the North Philadelphia school - founded in 1848 for "poor, white, orphan boys" - open its gates to black boys. Stephen Girard, a wealthy merchant and banker, died in 1831. He left millions to the city to establish the school.
October 15, 2007
IT STARTED in Detroit when the black community determined the need for an all-male academy. Then it happened here when the community acted on the same perceived need. I'm referring to the knee-jerk opposition by white feminists to make every effort to block the creation of all-male schools for black boys. They mention the needs of black girls only to use them as a tool to thwart efforts on behalf of black boys. They never address the many all-girl institutions, almost all of which are white.
April 29, 2002 |
Sylvia Ann Hewlett's book on childlessness among successful women is the rage of the talk shows these days - particularly her poignant discovery that these women, married and single, did not plan to remain childless. It's something that just sneaked up on them while they were distracted by their careers. I've been talking to Hewlett, and I'm convinced that other things are sneaking up on us, with implications far beyond the what-might-have-been anguish of professional women who waited too late to get their priorities sorted out. One thing that's sneaking up is racially specific.
April 3, 1999 |
He's a kid who wears a mask. If you saw him coming on a late night in a dark place, you'd watch him warily and sigh in relief when he allowed you to pass unmolested. You wouldn't dream of saying a word to him. So you'd never know. That he's 16 and lives in my neighborhood with both his parents. That he has a job and is on the honor roll in school. That he's a good kid. You'd never know because he hides who he is behind that mask. Behind baggy pants, two or three oversized T-shirts, and a bandanna.
December 15, 1997 |
Do black Americans make too much of race? The answer is yes, though very likely not for the reasons you thought. A good many white people, and a growing number of blacks, believe that African Americans are too eager to use racism as the universal explainer for all that has gone wrong in our ranks, too quick to embrace victimhood as a political weapon, too preoccupied with race to grasp - or even see - opportunities there for the taking. But I'm talking about something else: the power of negative racial stereotypes to lead people to act against their own self-interest.