September 13, 2016
By Kevin C. Peterson While Donald Trump's support is seemingly surging among Republican and disaffected white voters, Hillary Clinton is gradually realizing she has a problem among the black electorate, particularly post-Civil Rights movement African Americans. That could spell disaster for Clinton in November, because to win she needs a robust turnout from black Americans in all generational demographics - from John Lewis' to John Legend's, from Marian Wright Edelman's to Mary Mary's.
August 29, 2016
Emily Hess is a visiting assistant professor of history and an academic adviser for the Ashbrook Center's master of arts in American history and government program at Ashland University in Ohio Fifty-three years ago, on Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most iconic speeches in American history at the March on Washington. King's masterly speech drew on America's founding documents - the Constitution and Declaration of Independence - which, according to King, promised "the riches of freedom and the security of justice" to all Americans.
August 8, 2016 |
"I wasn't raised to run. " In May, Jim Schwartz made a PowerPoint presentation to the Eagles defense on civil rights activist Fred Shuttlesworth. "He told us the day before and I was like, 'OK, this is a joke.' I thought he was just joking," cornerback Eric Rowe said. "But the next day he came with it and he was giving facts, details and pictures. " Most, if not all, of the players had never heard of Shuttlesworth, which was sort of Schwartz's point. Martin Luther King Jr.?
July 11, 2016 |
Robert Regan, 86, of Philadelphia, a retired University of Pennsylvania English professor whose affinity for literature about the struggles of American life was rooted in his own challenging childhood, died of heart failure Tuesday, July 5, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Regan, an expert in the works of such consequential authors as Mark Twain and Flannery O'Connor, found solace in his school studies as a boy growing up in poverty in Shreveport, La. The son of a single parent, he helped his mother operate a country store sandwiched between poor black and white neighborhoods.
June 8, 2016
By Chris Coons Last week, I led a group of my colleagues on a trip to South Africa. Along with Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.), a hero of America's civil rights movement, and Kerry Kennedy, president of RFK Human Rights and daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, we traveled to South Africa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the senator's historic "Ripples of Hope" speech at the University of Cape Town. On June 6, 1966, speaking to a nation struggling through the cruel injustices of apartheid, Kennedy began his speech by describing "a land in which the native inhabitants were at first subdued, but relations with whom remain a problem to this day; a land which defined itself on a hostile frontier; . . . a land which was once the importer of slaves, and now must struggle to wipe out the last traces of that former bondage.
June 7, 2016 |
JOHN N. SMALLWOOD SR., my father, enlisted in the United States Army in August 1956 - just two months after he graduated from Carver High School in Baltimore. He loves America and proudly served for 22 years. Muhammad Ali was his man. He made sure Ali was my guy, too. Until Ali died at the age of 74 on Friday, I never thought to ask my father how someone who voluntarily signed up to protect this country could be so supportive of a man who had effectively dodged the military draft.
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.