October 31, 2011 |
LYDIA ANN Barashango, a licensed practical nurse who became a social worker and educator for several Philadelphia agencies, died Sept. 28 after a lengthy illness. She was 64 and was living in West River, Md., but had previously lived in East Oak Lane. Lydia was the sister of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been on death row since his conviction in the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. For many years, she was the leading family spokeswoman in efforts to win a new trial for Abu-Jamal, but in recent years, her health curtailed her activities, said her son, Vernon Wallace.
October 18, 2007 |
Ten years later, the women are going back to the Parkway. Organizers announced plans yesterday for a big anniversary celebration of the 1997 Million Woman March, which drew at least half a million people to Center City. The event will be held Oct. 25 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., centered at 21st and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. "Whatever we do, when women get together, it gets done," said Paula Peebles, co-organizer of the celebration, called the "Sistahs of the Million Woman March.
October 1, 2003 |
Kathryn Fambro Woodard, 92, a treasure trove of history as the publisher of the former Philadelphia Independent, "The World's Greatest Negro Tabloid," died Monday at Manorcare Mercy-Fitzgerald in Yeadon, the city where she lived for more than 50 years. Mrs. Woodard, known as "Kitty" to friends, was thought to be Philadelphia's first woman newspaper publisher. As a nonstop crusader for civil rights, and an outspoken columnist, she used the power of the pen to inform and enlighten thousands of Independent readers.
December 19, 2002 |
Thomasina Robertson Hayward-Woodland, 55, a beautician who was the second sister in her family to succumb to breast cancer, died Sunday at her home in East Oak Lane. Mrs. Hayward-Woodland hid her condition from family members for five years and only told them about her illness before undergoing surgery last fall for a radical mastectomy. Mrs. Hayward-Woodland followed a path similar to one taken by her younger sister Elizabeth, who died in 1986 at 37. Elizabeth Robertson also didn't tell her family until the surgery.
March 31, 2000 |
Big city. Big events. Like the national political conventions Philadelphia hosted in 1936, '40 and '48, and the upcoming GOP convention this summer. NCAA Final Fours. The 1979 papal visit. The historic Live Aid concert. The Million Woman March. The 1996 presidential summit on volunteerism. And a host of other events that have made Philadelphia the place to be over the last 75 years. At 8 p.m., the 70-year-old president lay in a Washington hospital with a bullet hole in his chest.
August 27, 1999 |
Rosa Santiago is a loquacious, vibrant person, but she scrambles for words when it comes to the award she will receive in Philadelphia on Sunday for her work in the Latino community. She'd rather stay behind the scenes, she said. But, she added with a laugh, "I just happened to have the biggest mouth. " Santiago is one of 13 women to be honored at the first Latinas march, a celebration dedicated to the achievements of Latinas in this country. Organizers expect several thousand women from across the country to attend the event, which begins at noon at Fifth and Spring Garden Streets and ends at Huntingdon and American Streets.
December 18, 1998 |
Linda Wright Moore's column (Dec. 8) on black women's natural hair was very encouraging. I started my natural locks just before the Million Woman March in Philadelphia in October 1997. "Locks" is the popular term for natural hair sectioned and twisted. "Everything You Need to Know About Hairlocking" by Nekheria Evans gives information on the spiritual and historical nature of locks. Coily hair, she writes, clearly distinguishes people of African ancestry from all others. "Dreadlocks" relates specifically to a way of life that is known as Rastafarianism.
October 25, 1998 |
Trisha Smith, 19, had just begun classes at the University of Michigan last fall when she learned that some women in Philadelphia were organizing a Million Woman March. Struggling to decide whether school was the right choice, she got on an eastbound bus and joined the sea of women streaming toward the Ben Franklin Parkway on a chilly, rainy Saturday. She was inspired. "When I was out there at the march and around all those beautiful, successful women who had struggled to make it professionally, I said, 'Hey, I'm going to stick with it and make something of myself, too.' " One year ago today, history was made in Philadelphia when Trisha Smith and hundreds of thousands - some estimates say more than one million - of black women, young and old, wealthy and poor, gathered on the parkway in a show of unity.
October 12, 1998 |
Even though they are apart, they will always be together. That's what the organizers of last year's Million Woman March said yesterday at a town meeting where they announced that one organization is now two. Phile Chionesu and Asia Coney, the co-chairs of Million Woman Inc., which astonished the country by attracting hundreds of thousands of women to Benjamin Franklin Parkway last year, have gone their separate ways. Chionesu, who was the founder of the organization, will continue to run Million Woman Inc. Coney, and most of the original organizers for the march, have started a separate, but kindred, organization called Sisters of the Million Woman March.