March 31, 2015
In a Sunday article on the new president at Spelman College, The Inquirer incorrectly said author Alice Walker graduated from Spelman. She attended Spelman but graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.
March 30, 2015 |
Mary Schmidt Campbell graduated from Girls High in Philadelphia in 1965 with the confidence that she could make a difference. And she has. The art history and humanities scholar transformed the Studio Museum in Harlem from a rented loft over a liquor store into the country's first accredited black fine arts museum. She ran the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for more than two decades. She serves as vice chair of a U.S. presidential committee seeking to elevate the importance of art in public schools.
May 13, 2014
D ANIELLE JETER, 25, of Willingboro, N.J., is CEO of Affairs of Isis, a full-service event-production and public-relations firm in North Philadelphia. Jeter founded the company in 2009 while a student at Spelman College in Atlanta. A founding member of Impact Hub, a membership-based co-working space on 4th Street above Girard, she's the African-American Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Young Professional of the Year. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Affairs of Isis? A: When I got to Spelman, I worked with some event planners who did stuff for the college and I thought there might be an opportunity for me to start my own company, which I did before my senior year.
February 7, 2014 |
PBS's new literary documentary, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth , which premieres Friday at 9 p.m. on WHYY TV12, opens with a series of nature shots - a serene landscape, water, trees, close-ups of tall, wild grass. It's a cliched bit of hokum, easily dismissible. Yet it fascinates, arrests, and draws in the viewer with its voice-over. As the first image appears, so rise the unique timbre and rhythms of Walker's voice as she recites a verse. "I am the woman: Dark, / repaired, healed /Listening to you," the Pulitzer-winning author of The Color Purple reads from her poem "Remember?"
July 3, 2013 |
MEMBERS OF Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia recalled their old pastor, the former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, as a passionate and caring leader outside a prayer vigil held there in his honor last night. "He was a great guy, a family man, a man of God," said longtime member Angela Saulsby Sharpe, who credited Gray with persuading her mother to let her attend Spelman College in Atlanta. "Whatever you asked him to do, he went over and beyond the call of duty to do. " Gray, who succeeded his father as pastor in 1972 and served in that capacity until retiring in 2007, died suddenly Monday while attending tennis matches with his family at Wimbledon in London.
June 29, 2002 |
Jennifer Rowe knew that making the transition from a small college in Nashville to a graduate mathematics program at the University of Kentucky would be tough. That is why she took a detour this summer to Bryn Mawr College. At Belmont University, said Rowe, 22, "I was the only math major out of 400 students" in the graduating class. Now, she's worried about graduate school, where she wants to get the doctorate she'll need to become a college professor. She's hoping that the EDGE program will smooth her path.
December 16, 1998 |
Yasmin Reina Williams Cooper, 32, a native Philadelphian who moved to Florida six years ago and became a newspaper publisher, died Thursday at the home of a friend in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mrs. Cooper, who had multiple sclerosis, was on the way to pick up her son from school when she began feeling sick and stopped at the friend's house. There, she suffered a seizure and went into cardiac arrest. She was a 1989 graduate of Drexel University, where she majored in business administration.
June 8, 1998 |
Johnetta B. Cole had a take-home exercise in mind for the women attending the African American Women on Tour conference over the weekend. "The first assignment is to study yourself," said Cole, the former president of Spelman College in Atlanta. "And you cannot know yourself unless you know folks like you. And ultimately, you don't know yourself unless you know folks not like you. " Cole was one of three keynote speakers when the AAWOT swung through Philadelphia over the weekend attempting to empower African American women with tips on financial planning, health and beauty, communication skills, and stress management.
March 11, 1997 |
Bill Cosby doesn't forget his roots. The Philadelphia native has donated $25,000 to the FitzSimons Middle School in North Philadelphia, which Cosby attended in the 1950s. The Board of Education officially accepted the donation yesterday. Cosby made the donation in memory of his son, Ennis, 27, who was found shot to death Jan. 16 near a California freeway off-ramp. The murder remains unsolved. Anita Williams, a School District administrator, said Cosby's agent called shortly before Ennis Cosby's murder to let the school know he wanted to make a donation.