April 13, 2014 |
The national office of the NAACP has stepped in to silence a public feud between Philadelphia chapter president J. Whyatt Mondesire and three board members by suspending all of them. In a brief statement Friday, the national NAACP confirmed that the four members were suspended following an inquiry. "There is an internal administrative process which provides suspended members with a right to appeal," the NAACP said, adding that it would make no other comment on the matter. The suspensions, first reported Friday by the Philadelphia Tribune, were effective April 2, and include board members Donald Birts, the Rev. Elisha Morris, and Sid Booker.
April 13, 2014 |
THE NAACP's national headquarters has suspended four leaders of the Philadelphia chapter who have been engaged in a public feud about finances. The Philadelphia Tribune reported yesterday the suspensions of local president J. Whyatt Mondesire and board members Sid Booker, Donald "Ducky" Birts and the Rev. Elisha Morris. "The national NAACP has concluded its inquiry into the matters pertaining to the Philadelphia NAACP unit," the 105-year-old civil-rights group said in a statement yesterday.
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.
March 18, 2014 |
Robert Mitchell Thomas, 91, of Philadelphia, a decorated World War II veteran and public relations specialist in the area for many years, died Tuesday, March 11, at the Bryn Mawr Extended Care Center. Over the years, Mr. Thomas worked at a senior level in public affairs for the former SmithKline Beecham, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the City of Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, Spiro & Associates, and Moore College of Art. But by far his favorite employer was Gino's Restaurants, based in King of Prussia, he told his son Reynald M. In 1959, Baltimore Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti joined with several teammates to open a fast-food restaurant.
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.
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.
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.