Monday, January 17, 2005

Philly honors Dr. King like no other

As I am on my way out to do my tiny part for the holiday,it is worth noting that according to the Daily News (and something I have heard elsewhere, as well), Philly is # 1 in the Country for its participation in honor of Dr. King.

And, although I had never heard his name until now, a hell of a big shout out goes to Todd Bernstein, a former aid to Senator Wofford, and the organizer of this day. He seems like the engine that makes this day what it is in Philly.

From the article:

Here in Philadelphia, the day starts early and ends late. King Day projects include:

• Sewing infant-sized quilts for children infected with HIV, a Green Street Friends School Parents Association effort.

• Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania will sponsor "Kid's Carnival," which includes a reading corner with local celebs reading MLK stories to kids.

• Students from the Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy and the Perelman Jewish Day School will pack and sort food for MANNA, a nonprofit that delivers meals to people living with HIV/AIDS.

• The Pinn Memorial Baptist Church in Wynnefield will refurbish an emergency response center it is establishing.

Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, who along with Georgia Congressman John Lewis co-authored the federal legislation in 1994 that created the national King Day of Service, says much of Philadelphia's success belongs to Bernstein.

"For any place to make this day a big one, you have to have a fully dedicated, on-the-job organizer that sticks with it, day in, day out, year in, year out," said Wofford, who mentored Bernstein while he worked for the senator. "Philadelphia is lucky that Todd Bernstein has been ready to do this."

Gov. Rendell's office also recognizes Bernstein for making the city's celebration special.

"Philadelphia's effort is extraordinary," said Karen Kaskey, executive director of the Governor's Office of Citizen Service in Harrisburg. "It's recognized as the preeminent Martin Luther King Day of Service in the country. And partly for that reason is why I contacted the initiators for that day to take their prized program statewide."

Meet a few neighbors, enjoy your day, and if you do something, and you want to write about, post it in the comments.


At 2:19 PM, Blogger DanielUA said...

Some things Charles and I found in the park: Diapers, fully soiled. Condom wrappers next to old underwear. A frozen cat. A Hypodermic needle. A kitchen sink.

Good times.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Don't forget the Air Conditioner. That was classic.


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