July 30, 2016
ISSUE | TURKEY A model Muslim Fethullah Gulen, the Turkish Islamic reformer, and Hizmet, the service organization he inspires, are being called out as "savages" who should be purged "by the roots" because the Turkish government regards them as responsible for the attempted coup d'état on July 15. I know many members of the Hizmet movement, also called Gulenists, and they are gracious, thoughtful, and family-oriented. In 2015, Morehouse College in Atlanta awarded its prestigious Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award to Gulen for his lifelong commitment to peace among nations and promotion of interfaith dialogue.
January 16, 2016 |
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.
August 19, 2015 |
Julian Bond wasn't born in Pennsylvania, but many considered the civil rights leader, who died Saturday, a native son. In 1945, at the age of 5, he came to the state from Nashville when his father, Horace Mann Bond, became the first African American president of Lincoln University. At 17, he left when his father became a dean at Atlanta University. Later, at Morehouse College, Bond became a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. His long career in the movement reached its pinnacle in 1998, when he became chairman of the NAACP, a post he held for 11 years.
July 16, 2015 |
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - Brandon Boykin doesn't want your pity. So, a broken leg dropped him from the first round to the fourth and cost him $5 million? "It might be the best thing that ever happened to me," Boykin said. So, the Eagles won't move him from nickel cornerback after he outplayed big-name outside corners Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams? "I don't think I've entered my prime," said Boykin, entering his fourth season.
April 28, 2015
IF YOU THINK (at all) about Philly state lawmakers, what comes to mind? Take a minute. Take two. Not much positive, right? Well, without getting any hopes up, meet freshman Philly state Sen. Art Haywood. He is, by any measure, apart from the pack, separate from the stream of sameness the city tends to send to Harrisburg. He did not come up through Democratic City Committee. He did not work for a politician. Most ward leaders didn't support him in last year's primary.
July 27, 2014 |
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 26, for Charles Edward Mitchell, 88, of Philadelphia, a trailblazing lawyer who excelled in the area of labor and employment law. Mr. Mitchell's funeral is set for 10 a.m. at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave. A visitation starts at 9 a.m. Burial is private. One of the first African Americans employed as an attorney at the DuPont Co. in Wilmington in 1972, Mr. Mitchell died Thursday, June 5, at Temple University Hospital.
April 7, 2014 |
Since Rutgers chemistry professor Robert Boikess successfully urged faculty last month to oppose Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker for her role in the Iraq war, he has been called "racist," "liberal" - and worse. The selection of the former secretary of state has set off nothing short of a firestorm on campus with Boikess and his colleagues planning a "teach-in," launching a website to build opposition, and filing a flurry of public records requests aimed at uncovering how Rice was invited.
May 29, 2013 |
This is a story of redemption, a tale of obstacles overcome, statistics defied, cliches silenced. Genarlow Wilson, once judged an irredeemable sex offender, recently graduated from Atlanta's Morehouse College, the small, all-men's institution that is the alma mater of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convicted of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl during a raucous, alcohol-and-marijuana-fueled New Year's Eve party in metro Atlanta in 2003,...
May 21, 2013 |
ATLANTA - President Obama, in a soaring commencement address on work, sacrifice and opportunity, told graduates of historically black Morehouse College yesterday to seize the power of their example as black men graduating from college and use it to improve people's lives. The president said his success was due to "the special obligation I felt, as a black man like you, to help those who need it most, people who didn't have the opportunities that I had - because there but for the grace of God, go I. I might have been in their shoes.
April 28, 2013 |
The Rev. Kevin Johnson, senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, was disinvited from speaking at Morehouse College because he wrote a newspaper column critical of President Obama's administration, according to a group of alumni. The college denied that Friday. Efforts to reach Johnson were unsuccessful. The controversy erupted Friday afternoon when a group called Citizens for Change issued a news release that gave the following account: Johnson, a Morehouse alumnus, had been chosen as this year's baccalaureate speaker, to address the college community a day before Obama's graduation visit and commencement speech May 19. On April 15, it said, Morehouse president John Silvanus Wilson Jr. phoned Johnson to rescind the invitation, saying he was concerned about Johnson's recent column in the Philadelphia Tribune that said there was a scarcity of African American appointees in Obama's cabinet and a lack of policies to reduce poverty.