September 12, 2013
The passing of radio journalist E. Steven Collins, who died this week at the age of 58, deepens a hole in mainstream media coverage of Philadelphia's African American community that the rest of the city needs to understand. Philadelphia was once blessed with daily newspaper columns by exceptional writers - Art Peters, Acel Moore, Chuck Stone, Claude Lewis, Elmer Smith, and others - who eschewed political and commercial ambitions to eloquently convey black Philadelphians' fears, aspirations, and successes.
February 7, 1989 |
Christopher James Perry was a muscular man with an erect bearing, a commanding voice and a furious sense of destiny. He came to Philadelphia in 1873 from his native Baltimore at age 17. He was determined to be a journalist, despite his father's wish that he study law. He worked at first as a servant but later landed a job writing for the white- owned Philadelphia Mercury about activities in the city's black community. He had been here 10 years before he was able to set up his own hand- operated press at 725 Sansom St. and begin cranking out a weekly single- sheet newspaper.
October 29, 1989 |
Two dozen pickets marched outside the main gate of the Philadelphia Zoo yesterday to protest what they described as a scarcity of blacks and other minorities in better positions at the zoo. "We're concerned about racism," said W.T.M. Johnson, 68, a senior research scientist at the Penrose Research Laboratory of the zoo, whose own sign read, "America's first zoo: Rotten with racism. " Johnson said the pickets had been goaded into action by what they saw - of 40 top positions, five are held by blacks at the zoo, according to figures Johnson compiled - and what they heard.
December 6, 1990 |
Goode news - for readers of the Philadelphia Tribune. Beginning tomorrow, Mayor Goode will write an every-other-Friday column in the Tribune, the nation's oldest African-American paper in continuous publication. Tribune editor Paul Bennett said the column grew out of discussions that began in May. "The mayor and I had been engaged in ongoing dialogue about our columnist Leon Williams, who is consistently critical of Mayor Goode," Bennett said, explaining that "If the mayor says the sky is blue, Leon would disagree.
November 21, 2008 |
Kendall Wilson, 73, an award-winning reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, died of congestive heart failure Monday at his home in Southwest Philadelphia. He began with the Tribune in 1985 and retired from there in 2004. Mr. Wilson won the National Newspaper Publishers Association's A. Philip Randolph Award in 1998 for his series on the struggles of African American family-owned funeral homes to avoid corporate takeovers, according to his daughter Kendra Thomas. In 2005, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists gave Mr. Wilson its lifetime achievement award.
November 19, 1994 |
More than a century ago, 28-year-old Christopher J. Perry Sr. left his job in the "colored department" of the Sunday Mercury, which devoted one column a week to the lives of Philadelphia's black residents. In November 1884, he started his own newspaper, calling it the Tribune. "For my people to make progress," Perry said, "they must have a newspaper through which they can speak out against injustice. " One hundred ten years later, the Tribune endures as the oldest continuously published black newspaper in the United States.
January 11, 1990 |
There are New Year's traditions I follow, like eating black-eyed peas, without which it just wouldn't be New Year's. One tradition that I followed in the '80s was to give a World Almanac to Lenerte Roberts around the first of the year. For several days, beginning just before Christmas, I began calling Roberts' home to inform him that I had a 1990 almanac for him. There was no answer. I began calling because it was unusual not to have received a call from him reminding me of our tradition.
April 3, 1989 |
A New Jersey businessman is negotiating to buy the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation's oldest newspaper aimed at blacks, according to one of the paper's directors. Walter R. Livingston Jr., a Philadelphia architect and Tribune board member, said Friday that newspaper officials were talking with David Huggins, president of RMS Technologies Inc. of Marlton. RMS provides computer-engineering services to government agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
May 12, 1986 |
The first issue of the Philadelphia Sunday Press, a weekly newspaper published by former Osage Avenue developer Ernest A. Edwards Jr., hit area newsstands and churches yesterday with a front-page story describing the struggle of black churches against South Africa's apartheid system. Edwards, who said 40,000 copies were distributed, said he hopes the newspaper will become a showcase for the achievements of blacks and proof that good news does, indeed, sell. "We're going to print a vehicle that delivers positive information about black people," said Edwards, a former stockholder in the Philadelphia Tribune, the country's oldest black newspaper.
October 23, 1987 |
Years ago, a tall, lanky kid named Wilton "Wilt" Chamberlain could be found banging the backboards at the gym inside the Christian Street YMCA in South Philadelphia. Wilt "The Stilt," who went on to become a basketball legend, is just one name on the long list of luminaries and lesser-knowns who received a boost on their life's path by participating in activities at the Christian Street Y, one of the oldest black YMCAs in the nation. The roster of Christian Street Y luminaries ranges from Chamberlain, a member of the 1954 team that won the national YMCA basketball tournament, to Ed Bradley, CBS-TV "60 Minutes" correspondent, and KYW-TV Editorial Director Malcolm Poindexter.