December 5, 2014 |
Second of two parts 'We have to support the people in Ferguson," said Kashara White, 22. "We can't let them be shot by rubber bullets while we sit here twiddling our thumbs worrying about who got shot next. We have to put our bodies on the line. " White was standing in the streets of Philadelphia on Nov. 25, the day after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who on Aug. 9 fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. White took part in a peaceful demonstration in Philadelphia, one organized largely via social media.
December 3, 2014 |
First of two parts 'Nothing should be normal or everyday about accepting all this," says Ferguson, Mo., Democratic committeewoman Patricia Bynes. "Social media has helped ensure the images and agony stay fresh in people's minds. " Ferguson stays fresh. On Sunday, members of the St. Louis Rams did a pregame salute in protest of what they saw as police violence in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. That angered the St. Louis Police Association, which called on the National Football League to punish the players.
September 23, 2014 |
BACK IN the '60s, college students who saw the need for change at their institutions didn't file petitions or write letters. They demonstrated. Temple University wasn't immune. In 1969, students staged a sit-in in the office of president Paul Anderson to demand the admission of more African-American and Latino students, then a tiny minority of the school's student body. Anderson agreed to the demands and looked around the campus for someone who had the interest and the leadership qualities to lead a recruitment program.
August 19, 2014 |
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. - It was only July, but Martha Trinca was thinking about Christmas. This year was going to be special. Her older sister Theresa was coming. Among the 10 Hunt children, Theresa stood out. The fiercely independent redhead had left the family farm, put herself through college, and reinvented herself as a social worker in Philadelphia. So on July 24, Trinca sat at her home outside Richmond, scribbling a list of possible Christmas presents. Hunt, 53, did not have many needs.
July 17, 2014 |
Elaine M. Brody, a pioneer in social work and gerontology whose career influenced policy and services for seniors and their families, died Wednesday, July 9, of respiratory failure at her home in San Mateo, Calif. According to her own academic definition, the former Philadelphian was "very, very old" at 91 years of age. Mrs. Brody's groundbreaking research on older adults and their caretakers contributed to the birth of gerontology. Her work continues to serve as a foundation for research in the field.
March 14, 2014 |
HOWARD ARNOLD might have trod the hallowed halls of the University of Pennsylvania as a teacher and administrator for 31 years, but his consciousness of the plight of suffering people was always at street level. He knew about the ravages of poverty, ignorance and violence, especially in the African-American community because his hands were always in it, trying to make it better. As a social worker, Howard Arnold was possessed of a natural gift for identifying with people on the short end of society, and a talent for helping them rise above their situations.
November 1, 2013 |
The former Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne took the Bible out of its name, but certainly not out of its mission. "We're not trying to hide who we are," said Todd J. Williams, president of what became Cairn University last year. "We're trying to communicate more clearly all that we are. " All too often, even neighbors of the 100-acre campus thought that the university only prepared people for the ministry, Williams said, when less than a third of its graduates go that route, according to school statistics.
October 31, 2013 |
Sarah Evan, 89, a retired psychotherapist and longtime Swarthmore resident, died Thursday, Oct. 17, of kidney failure at Martins Run, a continuing-care community in Media. While growing up on New York's Lower East Side, she knew she would spend her life in a profession aimed at helping people. After graduating at age 15 from Seward Park High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brooklyn College at age 19. She completed a master's degree in social work at the University of Pittsburgh by age 21 and did postgraduate work at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in Manhattan.
October 5, 2013 |
The Rev. Joan R. Watson, 77, formerly of Medford, an Episcopal priest, died of metastatic melanoma Wednesday, Sept. 25, at her daughter's home in Alpharetta, Ga. Rev. Watson was rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Pemberton for more than 20 years until she retired in 2006. Born in Runnemede, Rev. Watson graduated from Audubon High School in 1953 and earned a bachelor's degree in business and social work. She then earned a master's in social work at the University of Pennsylvania and a master's of divinity at the General Theological Seminary in New York, daughter Sue Hamilton said.
September 8, 2013 |
Nancy Rice Guillet Winter, 75, of Churchville, Bucks County, a longtime social activist in her community and abroad, died Friday, Aug. 30, at home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., with a bachelor of arts in history in 1960 and earned a master's in social work from Temple University in 1979. She married Lloyd Winter in 1966, and the couple moved to Philadelphia. They relocated to Bucks County in 1974.