Monday, August 19, 2019

Remembering Toni Morrison Tuesday September 17th 6:30pm


The Black Heritage Association of the Lehigh Valley supports true Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. We encourage members of the Latino, African, and African American Community to participate.

It's your Lehigh Valley too!


FutureLV: The Regional Plan is under public review, which means everyone has a chance to get involved. Those who’d like to weigh in on the 188-page plan can do it at two public meetings:

Tuesday, August 20 at 12 p.m. at the LVPC, 961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310, Allentown. (A pizza lunch will be included). Register at:

Wednesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. at Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center – Room 114, 511 E. 3rd St, Bethlehem. Register at:

The Lehigh Valley is growing fast and the world is changing even faster. 

FutureLV: The Regional Plan is designed to help us prepare for all that change as a thriving region works to manage its growth and prepare for the arrival of more people, more visitors, more online shopping, more autonomous vehicles and well, just plain more of almost everything.

After nearly three years that included more than 170 public meetings and events and participation by 8,500 residents, a draft of the plan is now available at and at public offices across the region. Serving as the plan for Lehigh and Northampton counties, FutureLV will remain open for public comment through September 23.

The plan includes an innovative approach toward managing a successful region’s continued growth, while protecting the key aspects – farmland, open space, scenic vistas, prime location – that are so important in defining its high quality of life. But the challenges ahead are many, and will require we work together.

“FutureLV is a blueprint for a vibrant, sustainable, resilient and forward-moving region,” said Becky Bradley, LVPC Executive Director. “Rising to the challenges before the community, being mindful of the diverse and important assets we have and positioning the Lehigh Valley for the future the community wants and needs, will require everyone to contribute. The most successful regions in the US and World are built on collaboration, partnerships and a collective understanding that everyone is an owner. We must start now.”

The plan strives to bring about five goals:

1. Efficient and Coordinated Development Pattern

2. Connected-Mixed Transportation Plan

3. Protected and Vibrant Environment

4. Competitive, Creative and Sustainable Environment

5. Safe, Healthy, Inclusive and Livable Communities

The plan, designed to carry the region to 2045 and beyond, is built around a Centers and Corridors concept crafted to build up economic centers, create more walkable neighborhoods and enhance our transportation network. It lays out 57 Centers -- ranging from downtown Allentown to Madison Farms in Bethlehem Township to Portland Borough’s commercial district where people live, work or shop. It recommends virtually all future development be focused around those centers, or along the road-and-trail-based corridors that connect them. Doing that will help preserve the region’s farmland and open space, while driving activity into business districts and creating more walkable neighborhoods. The resulting density will increase the activity and vibrancy of neighborhoods, while strengthening the transportation system in a way that makes it more usable for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

The plan will be available for comment at through September 23.

During the comment period, public meetings will be held at the LVPC, at the Fowler Family Southside Center in Bethlehem and other locations across the region. After the comment period, the plan will be revised, based on the comments, finalized and taken for approval before Lehigh County Commissioners, Northampton County Council and Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS), which serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation projects in the region. The plan is scheduled to be approved by LVTS before the current Long-Range Transportation Plan expires in October.

In addition to finding FutureLV at, it will also be at public locations across the region, including the LVPC offices, PennDOT District 5 offices in Allentown, LANTA’s Allentown offices, Allentown Public Library, Bethlehem Area Public Library and the Easton Area Public Library. Comments can be delivered on the website, by calling the LVPC at 610-264-4544 or by email at

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Bethlehem soul food restaurant moving to New Jersey

 By Ryan Kneller

The Morning Call |
Aug 07, 2019 |

South Bethlehem is losing a little bit of soul — soul food, that is.

Hot Plate Southern Kitchen, which opened in December 2017 at 201 E. Third St., will hold its last day of business on Wednesday, Aug. 7, according to a now-deleted video on the business’ Facebook page.

The restaurant “hit a roof” in the Lehigh Valley and is set to move to 387 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, N.J. later this month, co-owner T.R. Burns said in the video.

Bethlehem soul food restaurant moving to New Jersey
Hot Plate Southern Kitchen owner T.R. Burns holds a plate of chicken and waffles in the south Bethlehem restaurant's dining room. Hot Plate is expected to move to Montclair, N.J. later this month. (APRIL GAMIZ/THE MORNING CALL)

“We can’t grow no more,” Burns said. “… It has to be a certain dynamic between the property you’re in and the place you are doing business in. And some of them dynamics changed drastically.”

Hot Plate, offering Cajun shrimp, honey-dipped fried chicken and other southern fare, occupies a south Bethlehem bi-level space that previously housed Shankara Vegan Restaurant and Organic Juice Bar. Read more here

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Toni Morrison, author and Nobel laureate, dies aged 88

In novels including Beloved and The Bluest Eye, acclaimed author dramatized African-American experience with fierce passion

Toni Morrison, in her New York apartment. Photo by Tim Knox Commissioned for SAT REVIEW
Toni Morrison, who chronicled the African American experience in fiction over five decades, has died aged 88.

In a statement on Tuesday, her family and publisher Knopf confirmed that the author died in Montefiore Medical Center in New York on Monday night after a short illness.

Born in an Ohio steel town in the depths of the Great Depression, Morrison carved out a literary home for the voices of African Americans, first as an acclaimed editor and then with novels such as The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. Over the course of a career that garnered honours including the Pulitzer prize, the Nobel prize, the Légion d’Honneur and a Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to her in 2012 by her friend Barack Obama, her work became part of the fabric of American life as it was woven into high school syllabuses up and down the country. Read more

Monday, July 29, 2019

Join the team at Northampton Community College!

Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Positions Currently Open

Full time:

Part time:

Other positions also available include adjunct instructors, regular part-time, and various pool positions. Applicant pools are reviewed for these positions as necessary.

Candidates are encouraged to visit our careers site, as postings are subject to change.

Northampton Community College serves more than 35,000 students a year at the Main Campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, and the Fowler Family Southside Center in south Bethlehem.

The College is also one of the largest employers in the region with more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. We offer a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package for full-time employees, which includes health, dental, term life, long-term disability, retirement and educational assistance

To apply or for more information, visit our careers site at

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer”.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tickets on Sale now for the 2019-20 performance season at the Williams Center for the Arts!

Williams Center for the Arts

Tickets on sale now for the 2019-20 performance season at the Williams Center for the Arts! Season highlights include Wynton Marsalis, Ballet Hispánico, Sphinx Virtuosi, Jazzmeia Horn, Nobuntu, The Improvised Shakespeare Company—and so much more! Visit to explore the entire season and secure your seats now!
19/20 Williams Center Performances

Monday, July 22, 2019

Remembering Red Summer: The racist riots of 1919 happened 100 years ago this summer.

Remembering Red Summer

The racist riots of 1919 happened 100 years ago this summer. Confronting a national epidemic of white mob violence, 1919 was a time when African Americans defended themselves, fought back, and demanded full citizenship in thousands of acts of courage and daring, small and large, individual and collective.

Teen Vogue featured a Zinn Education Project article by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, on Red Summer as part of their OG History series that unearths history not told through a white, cisheteropatriarchal lens.

See our If We Knew Our History series for a longer version of this article.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Six Historically Black Beaches to Visit in 2019

Angela Dennis

When we think of black history often times vacation destinations are left out of our dialogue. Our past is well documented with stories of slavery, plantations, and oppressive reality yet little do we hear about how some of our ancestors and those who came before us got to celebrate their lives.

As I decided to write this article I was just thinking about the history of African American tourism. As a little girl I grew up in Florida and the beach was a regular part of my life. I wondered about the history of our beaches in relation to us and discovered some amazing stories. Read more