black history month

(Maria Pajil Battle.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Maria Pajil Battle

Over the past few years, Battle has led the charge for creating faith-based programs that promote disease prevention and healthy lifestyles in underserved communities.

02/14/2014

(Nikki Johnson-Huston, lawyer and advocate on poverty issues.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Nikki Johnson-Huston

Seeing her today, it’s hard to believe that Nikki Johnson-Huston — a tax attorney and antipoverty advocate — was once homeless.

02/13/2014

(Loretta Winters, president of NAACP of Gloucester County, NJ.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Loretta Winters

A self-proclaimed advocate for women, Winters pushes for what she believes in. Four years ago she became president of the Gloucester County NAACP.

02/12/2014

(J. Donald Dumpson, a composer, musician, and scholar, is music director at Arch Street Presbyterian Church.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: J. Donald Dumpson

The more Dumpson studied music and mastered his art, the more he began to wonder about why black composers weren’t in the mainstream of concert repertoire.

02/11/2014

(Linda Cliatt-Wayman, principal of Strawberry Mansion High School.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Before Linda Cliatt-Wayman changed the game for Strawberry Mansion High School, it had spent six consecutive years on the city’s “most dangerous schools” list.

02/10/2014

(Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Philadelphia program director for the Knight Foundation.   Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Donna Frisby-Greenwood

Three years ago, Donna Frisby-Greenwood became program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Philadelphia.

02/07/2014

(The WYAA board of directors.  Back row, L-R: Tyrone Gunby, Thomas Jones, Kevin Jackson.  Front row: Teleia Gunby, Nikele Jones, Ebony Barnes, Sunny Vespico.  Not shown: Dan King.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: The Wolves Youth Athletic Association

Some Southwest Philadelphia parents are using football to keep kids out of trouble.

02/06/2014

(Jerome Shabazz.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Jerome Shabazz

In 2006, this former Philadelphia Water Department employee helped to transform a trash-strewn lot on Lancaster Avenue into the urban oasis which is home to the Overbrook Art and Environmental Education Center.

02/05/2014

(Alexa Grabelle.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Alexa Grabelle

She’s only 12, but she is making a difference in her community by gathering donated books for kids who don’t have anything at home to read.

02/04/2014

(credit: CBS 3)

CBS3/CW Philly And KYW Newsradio 1060 Celebrate Black History Month By Showcasing “Philadelphia Gamechangers”

CBS 3, The CW Philly and KYW Newsradio 1060 will highlight 10 individuals who have “changed the game” for the African-American community in the Greater Philadelphia area in celebration of Black History Month.

02/03/2014

(Archye Leacock, founder and executive director of the Institute for the Development of African American Youth.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Archye Leacock

The founder of the Institute for the Development of African-American Youth lost his eyesight to glaucoma at age 14. But the Trinidad-born scholar says his mother didn’t let his disability stop him.

02/03/2014

(Credit: Randall E. Scott)

Black History Month Events Guide

Here’s where to take part in the celebration of African American history, culture and heritage in the Philadelphia area.

01/29/2014

(Philadelphia NAACP president Jerome Mondesire announces the essay contest.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Two Phila. Groups Sponsoring Black History Month Student Essay Contest

The Philadelphia branch of the NAACP and the antiviolence initiave “Hands Across Philadelphia” are teaming up with the Philadelphia school district to launch a new essay contest focused on black history.

01/09/2014

(Some of last year's "Gamechangers."  Photos by Cherri Gregg)

KYW Newsradio Opens Nominations For 2014 Black History Month ‘Gamechangers’

Who do you know who has changed the Black community for the better this past year?

12/18/2013

(credit: CBS 3)

Black History Month Lesson Causes Controversy At Penns Grove Middle School

A lesson about slavery during Black History Month has caused a classroom controversy in Salem County. The school district has come to the defense of the teacher, saying she did not do anything wrong.

03/04/2013

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