WURD Radio and Philadelphia Magazine are pleased to present a joint podcast on social justice, hosted by Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris (activist, journalist, regular contributor to WURD, and the CEO of Techbook Online) and Malcolm Burnley (associate editor at Philly Mag). Read more »
Radio station 900AM-WURD and Philadelphia magazine announced on Wednesday that they have teamed up to create a special podcast around the topic of social justice.
The podcast will be released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16th, and hosted by Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris, an activist, journalist, regular contributor to WURD Radio, and the CEO of Techbook Online, and Malcolm Burnley, an associate editor at Philly Mag. Read more »
Sure, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step — but somebody has to take that step. In honor of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., here’s a timeline of a dozen-plus black Philadelphians who paved the way in education, business, politics and more. Read more »
Philly’s Parks and Rec Department is putting on dozens of clean-ups, educational programs, painting and other activities all over town. Just look at this list! If you’re looking to get involved and get your hands dirty, there are a lot of options here.
Philadelphia Water Department offers a number of opportunities to clean up local parks and rivers on the Wissahickon, along Boathouse Row and more.
Today, an estimated 1,500 protesters marched in Center City as part of the MLK Day of Action, Resistance & Empowerment March. Its stated goals were:
1) An end to the use of “Stop and Frisk” and an Independent Police Review Board that is fully empowered and funded
2) A $15 per hour minimum wage and the right to form unions
3) A fully funded, democratically controlled local school system.
Joel Mathis was on the scene taking pictures of the march in progress. See his photos after the jump.
Philadelphians across the community celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday today by performing community service. That was the case at Albert M. Greenfield School in Center City:
Here are a few names Martin Luther King Jr. would probably be called if he were still alive and active in politics today.
Race hustler. Socialist. Peacenik. Commie. Blame-America-firster.
Today is the day that we celebrate Dr. King and his dream. He’s been dead long enough, and the cause he fought for now mainstream enough, that the day is celebrated on a bipartisan basis — so much so that Republicans have even, in recent years, tried to claim that King would be one of them.
More likely is this: If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive, Republicans would sneer at him in the same fashion they do every other African-American leader who isn’t, well, a Republican — which is to say almost all of them.
As I’m typing this column, there’s fury on Twitter about a ridiculous tweet from animal-rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), that attempts to be topical by coalescing the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its own agenda.
— PETA (@peta) January 20, 2014
Our daily roundup of what’s happening today in Philly. This go round, we’ve got three of the city’s best MLK Day Celebrations.
Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) wraps up its weekend-long Martin Luther King celebrations with an afternoon of readings, MLK-centric prison tours and a chance to create some art. Today at, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. professional actors will present a live reading of King’s famous Letter From Birmingham Jail followed by a Q&A with a civil rights scholar. If you’re bringing kids along, or if you’re in a particularly crafty mood, Art Sanctuary will set up stations for guests to create works in response to the text. There will also be guided tours of the museum, with an emphasis on how the civil rights movement affected inmates at ESP, and how they reacted when they heard the news of MLK’s assassination. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., readings are free but reservations are required, $10-$14 for tours, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., easternstate.org.