July 30, 2014 |
WHEN MELVIN V. Dorn first got involved in the civil-rights struggle back in the '60s, he thought of himself as a tough kid from North Philly who wouldn't take any guff from anybody. Meeting Martin Luther King Jr. and Cecil B. Moore changed his perspective. King, of course, was famous for teaching the power of nonviolence, and Moore, although a tough ex-Marine, went along. And the kid from North Philly saw the value of the peaceful approach to getting things done, such as the integration of Girard College in the '60s, one of Moore's biggest and most successful campaigns.
July 26, 2014 |
Melvin V. Dorn, 69, a North Philadelphia community advocate and civil rights activist who worked closely with Cecil B. Moore and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday, July 21, of heart failure at Einstein Medical Center. Mr. Dorn was a stalwart in Philadelphia civil rights efforts, including protests against segregation at Girard College. It was during those protests that Mr. Dorn began working with Moore, the lawyer and civil rights leader. In an interview in January, Mr. Dorn recalled that before he worked with King and Moore, he was a tough teen from North Philadelphia.
July 24, 2014 |
Almost a century ago, a pair of clever British writers published a send-up of history-as-memory titled 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England, Comprising All the Parts You Can Remember , Including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings, and 2 Genuine Dates . Since then, I'm sorry to report, things have gone precipitously downhill. We remember nothing. History is only what we know, or sort of know, perhaps imparted to us in movies, legal tender, and Fat Albert cartoons.
July 10, 2014 |
The two men sitting behind the ticket table at last month's All City Classic did not bat an eye when Rysheed Jordan breezed past. They knew about Jordan, one of the nation's top recruits coming out of Vaux High School last year. Jordan had changed his Twitter name to "Prince of North Philly" after committing to St. John's in March 2013. Celebrities and princes forgo $10 admission prices. Jordan, who spoke last month about his freshman season for the first time in an interview with The Inquirer, paid his fee by coaching the final game in a series of three high school all-star contests.
June 6, 2014 |
David Beatty was not quite sure what he was going to do with the 6-foot, green-and-gold MVP trophy he won at Friday's All City Classic. Getting it home would not be a problem because his mother drove an SUV to Girard College. But if Beatty needed any advice on what to do with it once he got it home, he could always ask Rysheed Jordan, whom Beatty often seeks for guidance. Jordan is the starting point guard at St. John's. Beatty is finishing his freshman year at Archbishop Carroll.
June 1, 2014 |
Derrick Jones starts some of his mornings with a 4:30 wake-up. The first bell at Archbishop Carroll rings at 7:45. But Jones arrives at the Radnor campus by 5. Assistant coach Kevin Funston waits to unlock the gym for the area's top-ranked boys' basketball player. Once inside, they work together on what Jones calls his "new game. " Jones, who will be a senior in the fall, has played most of his career as a power forward with a knack for high-flying dunks. Now, he uses his mornings to complete a transition to a shooting guard or small forward.
May 30, 2014 |
MORE THAN 20 years ago, Charles "Shoob" Monroe had no idea that the argument he witnessed would help shape not just his own life, but also the lives of so many basketball players in Philadelphia. Back then, Donnie Carr and Terrell Stokes, two South Philadelphia natives, were engaged in a debate that led Monroe, also from South Philly, to conceive the All-City Classic. Carr, then a freshman wing for Roman Catholic, and Stokes, a sophomore point guard for Simon Gratz' consensus ( USA Today, among other publications)
March 28, 2014 |
Lucy D. Savini, 80, of Hainesport, a registered nurse who, in retirement, cared for retired nuns in Philadelphia, died of liver cancer Friday, March 21, at home. Born in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia, Miss Savini graduated from West Catholic Girls' High School. She earned her nursing degree at St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing in South Philadelphia and began her career there, before transferring to the former Presbyterian Hospital. Miss Savini was a nurse at Girard College in the 1980s and 1990s, her sister, Rita Giordano, said in a phone interview.
February 28, 2014 |
Jenkintown punched its ticket to its second straight District 1 Class A final with a 52-35 win Wednesday night over Faith Christian at Cheltenham. But the Drakes will not get a rematch with the team that knocked them off last season, as No. 4 Girard College fell to top-seeded Phil-Mont Christian, 34-26, in the other semifinal. Emma Dorshimer rallied Jenkintown by scoring 16 of her 20 points in the second half. The second-seeded Drakes outscored third-seeded Faith Christian by 13 points in the second half.
February 21, 2014 |
WHEN RICHARD Leek went to teach at Girard College, he found what many people spend their lives searching for: a fulfilling way to make a difference in others' lives. In this case, the others were students from single-parent and low-income homes, many desperate for the touch of a caring mentor to guide them into challenging lives. Rick, as he was known to family and friends, filled that role as both teacher and coach, not only stimulating young minds but giving his charges pride in their accomplishments.