April 22, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA For Joel and Cheryl Seay, the conviction of their son's killer in March after two terrible, trying trials brought a welcome sense of closure, but it could do little to ease their grief or lessen their desire to do good in their son's name. On Easter Sunday three years ago, the Seay family had just finished their holiday dinner when two young men they had never seen before rang their West Philadelphia doorbell. The men were in a gang, police said. They asked to see the Seays' youngest son, Jarell.
July 3, 2013 |
TWO BLACK MEN, both of whom are former employees of the Women's Christian Alliance Foster Care Agency in Philadelphia, claim they were fired for recommending that a white, married couple adopt a black child. Akeem Dixon, a former recruiter, and Randolph Sanders, a former intake supervisor, filed a federal lawsuit last week against the Women's Christian Alliance (WCA) Foster Care Agency, which contracts with the city Department of Human Services. The 2-year-old boy at the center of the suit, who is referred to only as "Child X," was in the care of a single, black foster mother in June 2012 when his placement goal was changed from foster care to adoption.
February 27, 2013
In touch with their Inner Harbor Baltimore's only attraction is an African American museum. Really? The locals were uninterested in the Ravens-Broncos playoff game. Seriously? Baltimore is nothing but a tunnel between Philadelphia and Washington? Well, I don't have space to start reeling off the cultural, entertainment, and sports venues in Charm City ("Baltimore: Beyond the Ravens," Feb. 17). Like Philadelphia, Baltimore has pluses and minuses - with its pros outweighing the cons.
February 25, 2013 |
Has it really been 50 years? It's not that my memories of 1963 are so vivid that it seems like yesterday. It doesn't. But neither does it seem that it was half a century ago when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to my hometown of Birmingham, Ala. Man, I'm old. In 1963 I was 9 years old, in the third grade, and not paying much attention to the conversations of all the adults who were apprehensive because the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth had...
April 1, 2012 |
SANFORD, Fla. - Thousands joined a march Saturday through the Florida town where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, vowing to continue protesting until an arrest is made. Protesters carried signs, chanted "Justice for Trayvon," and clutched the hands of their children while they walked from Crooms Academy of Information Technology - the county's first high school for black students - to the Sanford Police Department. The march was organized by the NAACP and was one of several taking place over the weekend.
May 24, 2011 |
If it's true that hard work never killed anyone, Sir Alan Ayckbourn surely will live forever. Ambitious and prodigious, with more than 70 plays (and counting) behind him, the 72-year-old Ayckbourn has made his name with a pointedly loquacious style of character-driven theater. He's been rewarded with two Tony Awards (one for lifetime achievement), several Tony nominations, a Laurence Olivier Award, a Critics' Circle Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, and a knighthood. This week, Philadelphia's Wilma Theater opens its first Ayckbourn play, My Wonderful Day , a curiosity in the British playwright's oeuvre: Its focus is a black child.
June 14, 2007 |
The creators of the Philadelphia-based cartoon The Adventures of Teddy P. Brains have gone a step beyond the one-to-grow-on lessons of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Joseph Lewis III and Eugene Haynes designed 6-year-old time and space traveler Teddy P. Brains as a math, science and history whiz with an unquenchable thirst for learning. And what the young P. Brains doesn't know off the top of his little chocolate head, he asks his "Brainberry. " "It shows that children of color can live exciting lives," said Yumy Odom, a Temple University professor and founder of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention.
April 5, 2007 |
Much of the study of African Americans and Jews relates to relationships between the two groups. But Lewis Ricardo Gordon, a Jamaica-born, Yale-educated author and Temple University professor, is studying African-Americans who are Jews. And he's not just talking about people of color who became Jews as a result of their parents' inter-marriage or conversion. The founder of Temple University's Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought and its Center for Afro-Jewish Studies, Gordon, 44, says Jews are among the most racially diverse people on the globe - and many don't even know it. Gordon traces his lineage to Jewish maternal grandparents from Israel and Ireland and describes himself as a secular Jew. Religious observances were not a big part of his childhood, but they are important to him now. And he counts himself among America's largely invisible black Jews.
April 26, 2006 |
In a hushed Philadelphia courtroom, a federal judge last night denied a Chester County family's final effort to regain custody of their beloved 3-year-old foster child. U.S. District Judge James T. Giles ruled that Randall and Susan Borelly, a white couple from Uwchlan Township, had failed to prove that Chester County officials violated their civil rights when they refused the family's request to adopt Kevin, their black foster child of nearly two years. The decision ended an emotional battle for the Borellys, who filed a lawsuit on April 11, arguing that the county Department of Children, Youth and Families' reason for denying them consideration - an unwritten policy limiting families to one adoption per year - was a pretext for racial discrimination.
June 20, 2005
WHEN I heard what Howard Dean said about Republicans, I sat down and wrote the Democratic National Committee a check! Howard is one of the few Democrats who has the courage to "speak truth to power. " He has never said anything with which I did not agree. I'm not concerned about how blunt he is. In fact, I respect him for having the courage to speak out, and I find him inspiring. I don't worry that he'll turn moderate Democrats off. Our true constituency is on the left. If we all have Howard's courage, we'll reinvigorate our grass-roots constituency.