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May 25, 1989 | By GEORGE F. WILL
The year 1989 - bicentennial of the French Revolution and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the codification of the American Revolution - may be commemorated in 2089. That year may be the centennial of a regime-toppling echo of Occidental revolutions in the Orient. Chinese protesters speak Jefferson's, Lincoln's and Thoreau's words, and have built a small copy of the Statue of Liberty, underscoring the relative sterility of the French Revolution as a source of vocabulary and symbols.
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October 24, 1991 | BY J. ANTHONY LUKAS, From the New York Times
As Anita Hill's tale seemed about to wreak havoc with Clarence Thomas' nomination, the Republican attack squad on the Judiciary Committee was quick to blame the civil rights movement. According to Sen. Orrin Hatch, "slick lawyers - the worst kind," working for black and liberal "interest groups," had concocted the story of sexual harassment and maneuvered it onto TV. But in the wake of Thomas' confirmation these same senators and their White House allies did an abrupt reversal, arguing instead that the movement was impotent, suggesting it may never again regain its clout on Capitol Hill.
NEWS
August 29, 2010
A few words about who "we" is. "This is a moment," said Glenn Beck three months ago on his radio program, "... that I think we 'reclaim' the civil rights movement. It has been so distorted and so turned upside down. ... We are on the right side of history. We are on the side of individual freedoms and liberties and damn it, we will reclaim the civil rights moment. We will take that movement, because we were the people that did it in the first place!" Beck was promoting his "Restoring Honor" rally, held this weekend at the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously spoke there.
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February 1, 2006 | By Claude Lewis
Claude Lewis is a longtime Philadelphia journalist For 37 years after the death of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King faithfully followed the dream. She was a widow, but she remained wedded to nonviolence, which was the bedrock of the civil rights movement. Throughout the 13 years of King's public life, Coretta King was more than a wife, more than a mother; she was a full partner in the King civil rights firm that became the core of their existence.
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February 25, 2002 | By Lillian Swanson
Forty years have passed since Etta Mason gave birth in a tent on a winter night that was so cold the family dog froze to death. It took that many years for her story to be told, as well as the stories of other black sharecroppers who were pushed off white-owned farmland because they dared to register to vote. Most of the sharecroppers' misery; months of lunch counter sit-ins; a bus boycott, and dozens of arrests never made the local paper when they happened in 1960. That's because the Jackson Sun - like some other small Southern papers - failed to cover the civil-rights movement in its own backyard.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
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.
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January 20, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 27, 2013
A FEW DAYS before its 50th anniversary, we think of the March on Washington, and the civil-rights movement that it embodied, as a triumph of democracy. In the grand sense, this is true. Protest is by no means exclusive to democracies, but it's more at home in a democratic system than any other. The civil-rights movement extended the promise of democracy to many who had been denied it. But there were also aspects of the movement's victories that could be spun as undemocratic. Many Southern whites decried the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as an imposition of external values on the majorities of residents in their states (the internal value they were protecting, of course, was the right to discriminate)
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April 18, 1990 | By Reginald Stuart, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
The controversy that engulfed the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy in his final years may overshadow the strong role he played in leading the nation into a new era of racial tolerance, colleagues in the civil rights movement said yesterday. Abernathy, who died at 64 in Atlanta yesterday, was the man who picked the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to lead the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott that turned into a national civil rights movement. And it was Abernathy, say those who knew him, who stood at King's side as confidant and adviser throughout the movement until King's tragic assassination in 1968.
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March 15, 2004 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
Call it an object lesson in the quality of equality. I refer to last week's Senate subcommittee hearing on the proposed constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage. And specifically, to an exchange between two leaders of the black community. The first, Hilary Shelton, director of the Washington bureau of the NAACP, argued that the amendment "would use the Constitution to discriminate. " Which brought a sharp retort from the Rev. Richard Richardson, chairman of political affairs for the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston Inc. Defining marriage as the union of a woman and a man, he said, "is not discrimination.
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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.
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April 10, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
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.
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February 14, 2016
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January 20, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
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.
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January 16, 2016 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
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.
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January 16, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
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.
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October 15, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 6, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
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August 18, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 8, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A vocal duo's flawless a cappella rendition of "Over the Rainbow" hushed the crowd outside Independence Hall as the reenactment of a pioneering LGBT civil rights demonstration began. Several dozen people marched along Chestnut Street holding placards ("Equality for Homosexual Citizens") that replicated those carried by a plucky group of gay men and lesbians a half-century earlier. It was an emotional, and pitch-perfect, way to celebrate the Fourth of July - and the fact that marriage equality is at last the law of the land.
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