May 11, 2016 |
It has been a little more than four years since the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and the resulting bubbling-over of U.S. racial and political tensions for all the world to see. "It was the shot heard around the world," playwright Thomas Soto says. At the time, he and Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj - who was recently appointed guest artistic director for the 49th season of New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia - were in New York. "We were trying to find ways to [channel]
April 20, 2016
When I spoke with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in an exclusive interview that aired on my radio show Monday morning, I expected to speak with someone who was guarded, defensive and restrained. In many ways, she is exactly that, but I can't blame her. Clinton endured scandal and embarrassment while forgiving her husband's imperfections. She has shouldered blame for decisions she did not make, and in between, she has made deadly mistakes of her own. Benghazi comes to mind.
April 10, 2016 |
Momma may have said, "Never ask a lady about her age. " That goes double for Judith "Judee" von Seldeneck, chair and founder of Diversified Search L.L.C., one of the nation's largest executive search firms. In Philadelphia, some of the region's top executives - Vikram Dewan at the Philadelphia Zoo and former Tasty Baking CEO Charles Pizzi - got their jobs through Diversified, which von Seldeneck began in 1974. "I'm not going to tell you" my age, she said. "I've got a thing about that.
February 14, 2016
Bevy of brews Maryland. Local breweries bring love-inspired craft beers to this festival. Try chocolate-infused creations, a pilsner made with rose petals, Romantic Chemistry IPA and, appropriate to the location, Boardwalk Blonde. Live music. Minimum age 21. Shore Craft Beer Fest , Ocean City, Feb. 20. Under the sea Connecticut. Two exhibits explore the ocean's beauty through paintings of remarkable underwater environments and photographs of deep-sea creatures taken by robots.
January 20, 2016 |
At age 89, Harris Wofford is no stranger to large crowds of idealists working to change the status quo. He was a good friend of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helped found the Peace Corps, and was a civil rights pioneer. And yet, Pennsylvania's liberal statesman was inspired Monday, two generations later, as he looked upon several thousand people gathered at Girard College for the Martin Luther King Day of Service, which Wofford had helped found several decades after King's assassination.
January 16, 2016 |
This weekend, more than 50 years after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote one of the most important texts of the civil rights movement while locked in a Birmingham, Ala., jail cell, actors will read excerpts from that missive inside a now-closed Philadelphia prison. Dr. King's words then - including the rallying lines "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly" - are "extraordinarily relevant in today's world," said Sean Kelley, director of public programing for Eastern State Penitentiary.
January 16, 2016 |
On what would have been Julian Bond's 76th birthday, more than 200 people gathered Thursday at Lincoln University to celebrate the life and legacy of a prominent leader of the civil rights movement. Bond, who helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 and served as a chairman of the NAACP, was the son of Lincoln University's first black president, Horace Mann Bond. Bond was 5 when his father took the job and he spent his childhood on the campus. Lincoln, the country's first degree-granting historically black college or university, awarded him an honorary degree in 1970.
October 15, 2015 |
A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's post-9/11 surveillance of Muslim religious and civic groups, comparing the program to other dark moments of race-based government monitoring in America's past. "We have been down similar roads before," Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote for a three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. "Jewish Americans during the Red Scare, African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, and Japanese Americans during World War II are examples that readily spring to mind.
October 6, 2015 |
It has become a cliché to say that someone will be missed after his death. But the expression becomes more meaningful in reference to former Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, who died Sunday after suffering a brain aneurysm. Mondesire represented a vanishing breed of street-savvy civil rights leaders whose in-your-face style could not be ignored. In that regard, he was often compared to the late Cecil B. Moore, who led Philadelphia's civil rights movement during the turbulent 1960s.
August 18, 2015 |
Civil rights activist Julian Bond, who died Saturday, was born in Tennessee but moved to Pennsylvania as a boy. In 1945, his father, Horace Mann Bond, became the first African American president of Lincoln University in Chester County, according to the university website. The elder Bond served Lincoln, his alma mater, until 1957. Julian Bond graduated in 1957 from George School, a private Quaker high school near Newtown, Bucks County. "We were shocked and saddened to hear of Julian's death," said George head of school Nancy Starmer.