May 11, 2015 |
Can you invest to do well financially and do good at the same time? Socially responsible investing dates back more than 2,000 years. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity all took a stance against usury - or charging borrowers excessive lending fees - as early as 600 B.C. By the 1700s, the Quaker Philadelphia Yearly Meeting restricted members from engaging in the slave trade, and John Wesley, a founder of Methodism, preached against...
June 29, 2013 |
GOREE ISLAND, Senegal - Soon after being released from his 27-year incarceration in South Africa, antiapartheid icon Nelson Mandela made a pilgrimage to this small island off the Senegalese coast. He came to pay homage to a salmon-colored house which locals claim was used to hold slaves before herding them onto ships bound for America. When the curator showed him a hole underneath the staircase used to punish disobedient slaves, who were left to die in the crawlspace, Mandela himself climbed in. He reemerged, his face wet with tears, says Eloi Coly, the museum's chief conservator, who recalled the impact the experience had on Mandela, just hours before showing the building to President Obama.
May 24, 2013 |
The Hatboro Summer Fun Festival and Carnival continues at Miller Meadow through Memorial Day, where families can have fun while supporting a good cause. There will be rides, games, musical performances, and other activities. Gates open Friday at 6 p.m. and the evening will culminate with a fireworks show. Saturday through Memorial Day, carnival gates open at 2 p.m. On Sunday at 6, a Hatboro's Got Talent showcase is open to all ages, with prizes or cash awards. Proceeds from the carnival will benefit the Enterprise Fire Company of Hatboro and the revitalization project of Elm Street Hatboro.
February 18, 2013 |
As the nation's first president, George Washington led a young country that had declared "all men are created equal," yet owned 300 slaves, gave slave owners the legal right to recover their runaways, and skirted a Pennsylvania law providing for gradual abolition by sending some of his slaves to Virginia. That dichotomy, at the heart of the President's House exhibit at Independence Mall, was on the minds of those touring the site Sunday on the eve of the federal holiday honoring all U.S. presidents.
January 20, 2013 |
Searching for Zion By Emily Raboteau Atlantic Monthly. 305 pp. $25 In Harlem Is Nowhere , her incisive and moving study of what she calls "the Mecca of Black America," Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts describes African Americans' longing for a never-known homeland as "the melancholy that compels us all: a yearning for the past from which our ancestors were irrevocably torn. " That same yearning consumes Emily Raboteau, whose African American grandfather was shot dead in 1943 Mississippi "for defending a black woman to a white man. " While Raboteau admits that she'd grown up with "advantages up the wazoo" - in the sheltered Princeton world where her father is a professor - she also tells us that "as a consequence of growing up half white in a nation divided along racial lines, I had never felt at home in the United States.
June 8, 2012 |
ON SUNDAY at noon, a crowd expected to number in the thousands will flow from 23rd and South streets to the banks of the Schuylkill, where the participants will ask Oshun, the orisha, or spirit of the river, for her blessings as they make offerings of fruit, flowers and song. This is the heart of Odunde, Philadelphia's festive observance of the African New Year that originated with the Yoruba people of Nigeria and their monotheistic religion, Ifa. Orishas are venerated just like the saints of the Catholic church; Sunday's ceremony will praise all 401, especially Oshun, who represents beauty, vanity and sensuality.
December 30, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Almost two centuries before there was a man named Obama in the White House, there was a man named Obama shackled in the bowels of a slave ship. There is no proof that the unidentified Obama has ties to President Obama. All they share is a name. But that is exactly the commonality that Emory University researchers hope to build upon as they delve into the origins of Africans who were taken up and sold. They have built an online database around those names - http://www.african-origins.org/ - and welcome input from people who may share a name that is in the database, or have such names as part of their family lore.
December 2, 2011 |
First you see terrified eyes peering from inside a shipping crate. Then the camera zooms in on the half-dozen people trapped inside it. A forklift is carrying this human six-pack toward a truck, which is likely headed for a factory, a farm, or a brothel. The new MTV public-service ad dramatizes a hidden horror: slavery in the 21st century. Millions of women, men, and children - including many thousands in the United States - are slaves. Their forced labor includes picking crops, weaving carpets, cleaning buildings, and being raped.
November 22, 2011 |
Coffee-table books are supposed to be heavy, on photos and in pounds. This latest history of black life in America by Henry Louis Gates Jr. is both, with more than 750 photos on nearly 500 pages. But it offers something more: The distinguished Harvard University professor packs intellectual heft around the pictures. His book updates black history with recent scholarly research, from detailed estimates of the human cargo during the Atlantic slave trade to the DNA test proving almost conclusively that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one child by his slave Sally Hemings.
August 11, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr. is way off base in "Keeping faith, losing religion" (Sunday). He critiques organized religion in general and Christianity in particular in the easiest but most unfair and unbalanced way. If you want to discredit something, cite a long list of its failures without mentioning any of its positive features. For example, Pitts makes the sweeping statement that Christianity "has traded moral authority for political power. " It has become "a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.