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Philly’s Marian Anderson Is Getting Some Long-Overdue Love

One of the pitfalls of living in a city so well stocked with Historical Characters of Great Import (HCGIs) is that many compelling figures fade […]


The Philly MLK Day Luncheon That Would Have Dr. King Rolling in His Grave

“The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., […]


I Love My Job: Civil Rights Attorney Gloria Allred

On the eve of Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing, powerhouse advocate Gloria Allred, who is representing pro bono 33 of the women accusing the comedian of sexual assault, […]


Coming Soon: Philly’s First Statue to Honor an African American

Amidst a heated national and local debate over monuments, Philly will soon unveil its first public sculpture honoring an African American individual: civil rights activist and […]


Former Philly Trans Conference Co-Chair Speaks Out After ACLU Files Suit

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of D.C. announced a lawsuit against the D.C. Police Department over the alleged “illegal entry” of the […]


LGBTQ&A: Reggie Shuford

Reggie Shuford, Esq., is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. We chatted with the civil rights leader on working for […]


Enough With the Free Turkeys, Politicians — Get Serious About Reducing Poverty

The older I get, the more I realize that for all of the progress Philadelphia prides itself on, there is still so much that needs […]


Trump’s Victory Has Me Considering Gun Ownership

Another day, another incident. Across Philadelphia and around the nation, you can’t help but notice that marginalized people — whether Muslim or of color, LGBTQ […]


Rep. John Lewis to Receive Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal

Congressman John Lewis will receive the 2016 Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in September. The announcement, made yesterday, said that Lewis will be […]


Charles Bowser Deserves to Have a Philly Street Named After Him

A version of this story ran in 2014. Many prominent, as well as not-so-prominent, Philadelphians have important stories to tell about the preeminent Charles W. […]


Feds to Scrutinize 25 Popular Philly Eateries for ADA Compliance

Philly restaurant owners beware: The feds might soon be on your doorstep, checking to see if your restaurant is compliant with the Americans With Disabilities […]


50 Years After Bloody Sunday, a Push for Racial Fairness in Sentencing

I caught up with State Sen. Vincent Hughes on Sunday afternoon by phone — he had spent the weekend in Selma, Alabama, joining the 50th […]