April 18, 1989 |
Many of Philadelphia's black children - increasingly poor, pregnant, plagued by drugs, mistreated by their parents and dependent on government handouts - are growing up in the toughest times since slavery, several scholars said yesterday in a report called "The State of Black Philadelphia. " State Welfare Secretary John F. White Jr. called the plight of the city's children "another kind of bondage. " He and other experts who participated in the Urban League's eighth annual report on black Philadelphia focused much of the blame on drugs.
October 10, 2011 |
EVERY TIME I read about some new craziness involving young people in our city, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is that they need their asses whupped - and so do some of their parents. The most basic truth that we all have to understand is this: Home is the first teacher and parents head these homes. But when we look at the number of troubled youths flash-mobbing or running into people's homes and attacking them, it shows exactly what their homes are - teaching. Black parents too often are giving their children everything, and ask nothing in return.
June 24, 1993 |
I want a Big Brother who respects others as well as himself, someone who is sports-oriented, down to earth, married with children and outgoing and free spirited . . . Plus he must be middle-aged: 27 to 35. - Jared While his definition of middle age may draw a chuckle, Jared's description of the kind of companionship he yearns for is typical of the boys waiting to be "matched" with a volunteer through the Big Brother/Big Sister Association of...
January 16, 1992 |
At first glance, Charles Upchurch appears to be the most unlikely person to introduce youngsters to the game of golf. He's a perpetual "duffer," has a mean slice, a nasty hook, a terrible stance, can't remember ever getting a par, sometimes confuses birdies and bogies, and considers what he calls "squirrel hoppers" among his best shots. But glance again and you'll see a spry, spunky, spirited great-grandfather who "simply loves the game" and hits the ball of life long and down the middle every time.
June 21, 1991 |
Flying toward New York, where he would announce his resignation from one of the most powerful organizations in the world, William H. Gray 3d tried to explain. "I think educating black kids is more important than personal ambition," said the House majority whip and the most powerful African American member of Congress, who was about to accept the presidency of the United Negro College Fund. "The mission of the UNCF is so compelling and so attractive that I could not turn down the offer," Gray, 49, said yesterday morning.
February 6, 1991 |
During a recent visit to my old junior high school, I came upon something that I never expected to see again: the all-black lunch table in the cafeteria of my predominantly white suburban junior high school. As I look back on 27 years of often being the first black person integrating such activities and institutions as the college newspaper, summer music camps, our suburban neighborhood, my eating club at Princeton or my private social club at Harvard Law School, the scenario that puzzled me the most then and now is the all-black lunch table.
August 21, 2009
LET'S HAVE black teachers teach black kids, white teachers teach white kids - Asians, Latinos, American Indians, etc. It's amazing how peaceful it would be in schools and how better-educated the kids would be. Another idea! Let's live only with people of our own race. Sonia Marrero, Philadelphia
March 14, 2012 |
PROFESSOR MATTHEW Delmont set out to write about how the '50s dance show "American Bandstand" was an integrated bastion of pop culture, where Philadelphia's black and white teens mixed and mingled on television even though the rest of the country was bitterly divided by race. Then he discovered his entire premise was dead-wrong. In the resulting book, The Nicest Kids in Town , this assistant professor of American studies at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., details how "American Bandstand" kept African-American teens off the show, despite host Dick Clark's later claims to the contrary.
September 22, 1989 |
Relations between the races are always delicate, always dangerous. The least little nudge can tip them out of balance, spilling hatred into the street. But you can't blame every black and white fight on race alone. Some people are equal opportunity haters. For example, the recent murder of a black man in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn attracted national attention as a racial incident. He went to the Italian Bensonhurst neighborhood in search of a used car. He was set upon by a gang of local thugs, viciously beaten and shot to death.
February 3, 2012 |
WHEN HE WAS 13, Rich Negrin saw his Cuban-activist father gunned down by anti-Castro terrorists. He held him as he died, kneeling in the street covered with his father's blood. After he became a father himself, Negrin watched his 5-year-old daughter die in 2006 after a lifelong battle with an incurable neuromuscular disease that devastated her ability to breathe. Every day, the memory of his father and his daughter inspires the city's powerful managing director to reach out to its least powerful residents, and try to help.