March 17, 2015 |
WHEN IT CAME to food, Seleda K. Taylor was the go-to woman. She not only was in charge of feeding Philadelphia students as a food-service manager for city schools, but she could also cook up amazing meals for her family and friends. Seleda - who not only fed children but also worked with those who needed guidance in the community - an active churchwoman and a welcome guest at any gathering because of her cheerful nature, died March 5. She was 71. "She was well-known and loved for her infectious smile, which caused many people to gravitate to her," her family told the Philadelphia Tribune.
September 26, 2014 |
SOME THINGS, as Donald Hunt discovered, take time. Thanks to Hunt's aggressive, 6-year grassroots campaign, the U.S. Postal Service finally will honor the late, great Wilt Chamberlain with a stamp in December. Hunt, a longtime writer with the Philadelphia Tribune, penned a column in 2008 beseeching the Postal Service to issue a Wilt stamp. He then formed a committee that included a letter-writing campaign in which former NBA commissioner David Stern, and former player/coach greats Al Attles, Jerry West and Pat Riley took part.
June 18, 2014 |
THE RECENT upheavals at John Bartram High School in the city's Elmwood section - the brawling in the halls, classroom disruptions, marijuana in the bathrooms - have upset anyone concerned about public education in the city. No one was more concerned than Daryl Gale, city editor and columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune. Bartram was his alma mater. He had been proud of his school. He wanted the best for it, and what was happening pained him deeply. But more than almost anyone, Daryl was in a position to express his pain in public.
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.
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.
October 14, 2013 |
WHEN CHAD Lassiter was a senior at Olney High School in 1986, speakers showed up to talk about Black History Month. Often, such presentations can be more of the same old same old, but one speaker had him sitting up in his seat. City Councilwoman Augusta A. "Gussie" Clark told the students how to give back to the community and, perhaps most important, never to give up. "I was listening to a woman who was sincere, who was genuine, an amazing human being," said Lassiter, director of recovery for Red Cross House, an emergency shelter.
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.
August 29, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA photographer Jack T. Franklin told the story of the 1963 March on Washington from almost every angle. There are photos of city political heavyweights, lawyers Cecil B. Moore and Charles Bowser, riding on a train to the march. And there are photos of ordinary Philadelphians, black and white, sitting next to each other on a train seat. One shows two women seated with a young girl, about 4 or 5 years old. The girl's face is not smiling, not fearful, but full of anticipation.
June 1, 2009 |
When Christopher J. Perry launched the Philadelphia Tribune, he faced a readership problem that makes today's newspaper industry woes seem trivial. The Tribune was founded in 1884, when the city had only 108,000 African Americans, few of them literate. Blacks "were forbidden to learn to read and write," said Robert W. Bogle, current publisher of the nation's oldest continuously published African American newspaper. "But Chris thought those who were educated could pass the word on. " Bogle and an array of dignitaries including Mayor Nutter and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter yesterday launched a year-long celebration of the Tribune's 125th anniversary.