Philadelphia Lawmakers Move Toward Dell East Naming Honor for Georgie Woods

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia City Council took a first step today toward renaming the Robin Hood Dell East open-air music venue in honor of music promoter and civil rights activist Georgie Woods, who died in 2005.

Dozens of speakers told the council committee that Georgie Woods fought for the African-American community in Philadelphia.

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(A promotional photo of the late Georgie Woods. Credit: Wynne Alexander)

“Georgie Woods went to the old Civic Center and confronted Frank Rizzo, and demanded dignity for black people in this city,” recalls radio personality E. Stephen Collins.  “He did it over and over and over again.”

But the mayor’s recreation commissioner, Sue Slawson, voiced misgivings about renaming the Dell East, in Fairmount Park, in honor of Woods:

“Such caution is warranted because we wish to retain the Dell’s successful marketing and community familiarity,” she said.

So the committee okayed a revised name change: “The Georgie Woods Entertainment Center at the Robin Hood Dell.”

The plan now goes to the full Council for a vote.

 

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  1. noname says:

    that’s the end of me going to the Dell for any venue.

  2. jimbojones says:

    They already named a potato chip after him.

  3. sammysamples says:

    I think we should rename everything for Georgie. How about we rename the Liberty Bell, The Georgie Woods Center at the Liberty Bell. He was a music promoter with a TV show after all. You don’t get more important than that.

  4. Re Re says:

    Oh, this is really important.

    1. missucat says:

      thats what I was thinking. I liked Georgie Woods,but with all the real problems we have in this city,council should work on tham

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