January 20, 2003
OF ALL PEOPLE, George W. Bush has made Martin Luther King relevant again. Don't get us wrong. The slain pacifist and preacher is always relevant. His message of economic justice and service continues to inspire. Witness the health and vigor of the Martin Luther King Day of Service and the thousands of volunteers it attracts. But like other people we have commemorated - George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, veterans - King is always in danger of becoming another reason to hold a sale.
February 7, 2014 |
Everything changed, Martin Luther King offensive tackle Dontae Angus said, when the University of Florida fired offensive-line coach and area recruiting coordinator Tim Davis at the end of last season's 4-8 showing. "I had my heart set on Florida, but I lost all contact with them after that happened," said the 6-foot-6, 328-pound senior, who committed to the Gators in July. "I never heard from them again. " Forced to switch gears late in the recruitment process, Angus visited West Virginia last weekend and committed to the Mountaineers on Wednesday, national signing day. "The people at West Virginia really welcomed me and my mom [Jounieta Williams]
January 17, 2006
IT IS GREAT that Martin Luther King has a holiday in his honor. As an African-American and third-generation to graduate from an African-American college, I feel proud there is a holiday that celebrates the life of an African-American. However, why is Martin Luther King the only African-American to have a holiday? In my opinion, Harriet Tubman, Jack Johnson and Malcolm X are just as worthy. So what does the holiday really mean to African-Americans who still live in a society that, as Malcolm X once said, "resembles a modern plantation"?
April 4, 2008 |
FORTY SECONDS. In the scheme of things, 40 seconds speeds by in the blink of an eye. Today, 40 seconds can sum up a lifetime. April 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, at 6:01 p.m. Memphis time, King was felled by an assassin's bullet - ending the life of a dreamer, but not the dream. To commemorate the milestone, hundreds of individuals and organizations will gather today at Franklin Square Park. In the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge, we will stand together, lining the perimeter of the park at exactly 7:01 p.m. for 40 seconds of silence acknowledging the anniversary and committing ourselves to achieving the peaceful, just society that King lived, worked and died for. We're calling this the Bridge Walk for Peace, and hope to establish it as an annual tradition here in Philadelphia.
November 11, 2013 |
Joseph Walker threw a 50-yard touchdown pass and ran for two other scores to send Martin Luther King to a 32-7 victory over Mastery Charter North in the Public League Class AAA football final Saturday at Northeast. Walker completed 6 of 13 passes for 156 yards - including a 50-yard strike to Delane Hart for the Cougars' first touchdown - and added scoring runs of 18 and 46 yards. King gained 277 rushing yards on 37 attempts and held Mastery North to 59 yards on the ground. The Cougars scored 32 unanswered points after the Pumas struck first on an 80-yard pass from Donovan Crabbe to Nasirr Mayo.
March 19, 2015 |
CHAMBERSBURG - After leading for most of the first 2 1/2 quarters, Martin Luther King High fell behind briefly before limiting Taylor Allderdice to just five points over the final quarter-and-a-half in the Cougars' 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals last night at CASHS Field House. The victory puts MLK in the state championship game for the first time in school history. It will take on Roman Catholic, a 69-66 winner over J.P. McCaskey, at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK in the schools' previous meeting this season, 58-57, on Feb. 27. "I'm proud of our guys.
January 18, 2016 |
I'M SO frustrated I could cry. Monday is Martin Luther King Day, and I'd hoped to commemorate it by staging a reading of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. I imagined city leaders, school kids, moms, dads - folks from every walk of life - reading the speech one line at a time. They'd perform for an audience stirred anew by the slain civil-rights leader's seminal call to action in the name of equality and humanity. I'd then live-stream the reading on Philly.com for all to savor.
April 27, 2014 |
WHEN MARTIN Luther King High head football coach Ed Dunn met with school administrators in preparation for the merger with now-closed Germantown High, he had something specific in mind. "They were asking us, 'What were our goals for the season and did we think we could win?' And I flat-out told them we could win a championship, and that was our goal from Day 1. So, the one thing I would take away from all this is: Have an audacious goal and don't be afraid to dream big. " "All this" refers to the successful 2013 season captured by the documentary film, "We Could Be King," which will appear tomorrow night at 8 o'clock on ESPN2.
September 10, 1999 |
The walls of four recently vacated towers that constitute the Martin Luther King public housing project will come tumbling down Sunday, Oct. 17 - not with a bang but a muffled roar. The implosion of the towers will clear the way for the construction of a $90 million community consisting of 92 new townhouses that will be sold to working-class families and 12 affordable rental units. Controlled Demolition Inc. (CDI) which won the $1.9 million contract for MLK, has also been hired to take down the two remaining towers at Southwark in South Philadelphia later this year.
September 24, 2011 |
FURTHER REVIEW is needed after a damning report released Thursday shed light on the ugly backroom political wrangling surrounding Martin Luther King High School, a good-government watchdog and parent advocates said yesterday. Zack Stalberg, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, said it was important to determine if any laws were broken. "It really says something about the political culture in Philadelphia," he said. "Knowing these [investigative] agencies, they'll have to take a hard look at this.