Some of the original Freedom Fighters whose protest led to the desegregation of Girard College in the 1960s were back outside the school this morning, celebrating 50 years since their historic demonstration.
The school is preparing to graduate its second Gates Millennium Scholar , 50 years after Philadelphia civil rights activists began marching to desegregate.
The Freedom Fighters will spend Friday morning re-enacting the historic march at Girard College.
It happened shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday at Judson Street and Montgomery Avenue near Girard College.
Five thousand volunteers converged on Girard College’s campus, headquarters for the day’s event, to participate in 150 service projects.
A kick-off event was held Wednesday at Girard College, the headquarters for the nation’s largest day of service.
The board that oversees the 165-year-old school says the decision threatens its financial stability.
The landmark Brown versus Board of Education decision that de-segregated public education in America turns 60 today.
Tens of thousands of volunteers went to work Monday as part of more than 1,700 projects throughout the city.
To set the tone for this year’s theme, the Girard College lower school choir performed.
Proposed changes at Girard College next September have been pushed back a year.
Before settling into the 24-foot, eleven-passenger canoes, guides assured them than none had tipped over in 30 years of the program.
Parents, alumni, and students have launched a campaign to save the high school and residential programs at the historic school which are slated for closure at the end of the next school year.
Cecil B. Moore’s military, legal, and political careers are depicted in a new mural at the Cecil B. Moore stop of Septa’s Broad Street line in North Philadelphia.
Girard College, the 164-year-old boarding school for poor children, has announced plans to end its residential program and drop its high school in an effort to stay financially afloat.