900AM-WURD and Philly Mag Announce Social Justice Podcast for MLK Day

MLK photo by the Associated Press

MLK photo by the Associated Press

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 »

13 Black Philadelphians Who Were Trailblazers

Clockwise from top left: CBS correspondent Ed Bradley at the 1980 Republican National Convention (AP Photo); Dr. Ethel D. Allen (NIH/Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine); U.S. Rep. Robert N.C. Nix Sr.; Mayor Wilson Goode (Charles Krupa | AP); Rev. Leon Sullivan with President Nixon (Henry Burroughs | AP); Pa. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. (Peter Morgan | AP)

Clockwise from top left: CBS correspondent Ed Bradley at the 1980 Republican National Convention (AP Photo); Dr. Ethel D. Allen (NIH/Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine); U.S. Rep. Robert N.C. Nix Sr.; Mayor Wilson Goode (Charles Krupa | AP); Rev. Leon Sullivan with President Nixon (Henry Burroughs | AP); Pa. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. (Peter Morgan | AP).

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 »

So Many Ways to Spend Your MLK Day in Philadelphia

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.

The Unitarian Society of Germantown (Lincoln Drive at Wayne Avenue) is always active on MLK Day; this year’s programming includes a memorial for victims of gun violence. (2-4 p.m.) Read more »

Photos From MLK Day of Action, Resistance & Empowerment March

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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.

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If Martin Luther King Jr. Were Alive Today, Would He Be a Conservative?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reacts in St. Augustine, Fla., after learning that the Senate passed the Civil Rights Bill, June 19, 1964.  (AP Photo)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reacts in St. Augustine, Fla., after learning that the Senate passed the Civil Rights Bill, June 19, 1964. (AP Photo)

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.

Doubtful.

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.

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Why MLK Day Should Be a Day of Atonement, Not a Day of Service

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.

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3 Ways to Celebrate
Martin Luther King Day in Philly

This photo — trom the Jack T. Franklin Photography Collection of the African American Museum in Philadelphia — shows Rev. King posing with the Philadelphia delegation of the Montgomery Civil Rights March in 1965.

This photo — from Philly’s African American Museum — shows Rev. King posing with the Philadelphia delegation of the Montgomery Civil Rights March in 1965.

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.

More MLK Day happenings after the jump

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