By Khalil Hakim
The Black Church needs to say something because Dr. King echoed these powerful words in his letter from the Birmingham jail:
“Wherever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being ‘disturbers of the peace’ and ‘outside agitators.’ But they went on with the conviction that they were a ‘colony of heaven’ and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be ‘astronomically intimidated.’ They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest. Things are different now. The contemporary Church is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the arch-supporter of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the Church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the Church’s silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are.”
On November 17, 1967, thousands of Black high school students and community members demonstrated in front of the Board of Education Building at 21st and the Parkway for the inclusion of more Black studies in the curriculum. This demonstration was met with the full repressive power of the Philadelphia Police Department, an action led by them Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo. Dozens of Black youth were jailed and/or hurt – some injured by Frank Rizzo himself.
We are excited to announce an excellent opportunity for our readers to not only win tickets to Tavis Smiley’s stage play, “Death of A King,” on February 8, 2018, but to become more knowledgeable about the life of Dr. King, the life of King that you don’t know. As Tavis Smiley’s byline says, “The man you know, the story you don’t.”
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By Khalil Hakim
The internet is the last vestige of free-flowing information not controlled by multi-national corporations. It has shown it has many uses from online classes to entertainment, social media an just good old fashion information can be found on the internet.
One of the most important uses of the internet is independent news. From the Young Turks, Redacted, Ring of Fire, Mother Jones, and other independent online news networks have shown a journalistic responsibility to report the truth. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about major media conglomerates: CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. All of the major American media companies are controlled by 15 Billionaires. That’s right! people own every media outlet in America. They control what we hear, see an read. To understand the complexity of this.
There is little to no evidence of the formal implementation of new policies. A key example of this is that the policy provided for body-worn cameras in the dashboard, which cites page 318 of the Public Policy Manual, is, in fact, an older policy for Mobile Vehicle Recording Systems. This policy is specific to police vehicles and does not encompass body-worn cameras. In fact, body-worn cameras are not mentioned once in the current Public Policy Manual.
When you talk about transforming a narrative and changing a narrative, that is not something that you get to say and then just watch happen. It is a day by day, decisions by decision battle that you have to have internally with yourself, you have to have with the students in your classroom, and you have to have with the families that are bringing these students into our building every day.
By Nate Morris
It was raining that morning.
Not a heavy rain, not drenching rain; a nuisance rain. It was the type of rain that fell just enough to make that air feel that gray, damp kind of cold. The kind of cold that makes it seem like the day is better spent asleep. But this day was different. This damp cold air was not sullen, it was electric. I stood outside in this buzzing air, waiting with anticipation with my student standing next to me. Today, inside the red brick building before us, he would cast the first vote of his life.
SPORTS – Dominic A. Durant
During 2016 Reed Community Foundation provided after school care for 32 children a daily average who needed a safe and fun place to go until a parent or caregiver could take them home. They got a healthy snack to tide them over, and plenty of exercise. In fact, one mother called Coach Reed and asked, “What are you doing with those kids? My son is so tired when he gets home he just wants to eat and go straight to bed. Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!”