black-history-month

COMMENTARY

Happy 185th birthday to Cheyney University: America’s first HBCU | Michael Coard

BY: - February 22, 2022

The Philadelphia institution celebrates on Feb. 25. It's not getting older - it's getting better.

Looking to a more equitable future, Philly’s Black developers step up for their city

BY: - February 21, 2022

'There is an unmatched opportunity to ensure that the future of our city is truly inclusive of all our residents,' one advocate said.

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This Black History Month, let’s put the focus on Black health and wellness | Charles D. Allen

BY: - February 17, 2022

Black Americans are twice as likely as whites to not see a doctor for thinking and memory problems. We need to change that.

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Lawyer Robert Morris fought — sometimes physically — to free the enslaved | Michael Coard

BY: - February 15, 2022

Morris wasn't the nation's first Black lawyer -- but he left a big mark on history.

Philly playground exhibit honors city’s Black leaders, legends

BY: - February 9, 2022

By O.J. Spivey PHILADELPHIA — As Philadelphia celebrates Black History Month, oftentimes children learn of great African Americans nationwide but not necessarily those from their neighborhoods. At the historic Smith Memorial Playground in East Fairmount Park, young people can get to know their local and homegrown heroes with the “Leaders and Legends of Philadelphia” exhibition. […]

‘Sixers honor Philly coffee shop for its ‘Buy Black’ program

BY: - February 8, 2022

"It’s definitely going to draw attention to me as a Black woman business owner and the cafe,” owner Lizette Apy said.

FBI probes bomb threats against HBCUs; campuses reopen after no explosives are found

BY: - February 3, 2022

By Laura Cassels More than 20 FBI field offices around the nation are investigating a series of bomb threats characterized as “hate crimes” against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and unidentified “houses of worship” but have found no explosives at the sites, the agency announced Wednesday. The statement did not say whether the threatened […]

COMMENTARY

How 18th Century Quakers led a sugar boycott to protest slavery | Opinion

BY: - February 3, 2022

In the 1780s, British and American Quakers launched an extensive and unprecedented propaganda campaign against slavery and slave-labor products.

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The forgotten voices of race records: The Black artists fleeced by the music industry | Opinion

BY: - February 1, 2022

Bottom line: If record companies could get away with it, there was no bottom line

The story of all Pennsylvanians: How state experts are trying to make Pa.’s history more inclusive

BY: - February 27, 2021

What began in 2018 as an effort to bring diversity, equity, inclusion and access practices into the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission (PHMC) has evolved into myriad efforts to “reflect the diversity of Pennsylvania’s history.”

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How Philadelphia’s Black churches overcame disease, depression and civil strife | Opinion

BY: - February 25, 2021

As a PBS documentary explores the history of the Black Church, a scholar looks at how African American congregations in Philadelphia weathered crises over 200 years.

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How Black cartographers put racism on the map of America | Opinion

BY: - February 24, 2021

Mapping is part of the broader Black creative tradition and political struggle.