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Gamechangers 2014

(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

(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