The Dream Is Free But The Hustle Is Sold Separately: Black Women Athletes' Status after 50 years of Title IX Tuesday, March 28, 2023, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Colleges and universities must do better centering and normalizing the Black woman experience not just in collegiate athletics, but across all areas of higher education, and they should start by acknowledging that Black women don't benefit from Title IX the same way their white peers do. In 2019, the NCAA reported that nearly 50,000 of its student-athletes were women. Only 12% of those athletes were Black women. A 2021 report from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports found that of the NCAA’s senior woman administrators, 79% are white and 15% are Black.

Join us on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm for a panel discussion with former women athletes, coaches and athletic educators that will address their experiences, challenges and concerns about this topic.

Guest Panelists: Torrie Browning, Former Head Women's Tennis Coach, George Washington University; Dr. Courtney Flowers, Texas Southern University; Dr. Latisha Forster-Scott, Rutgers University; Dr. Jacqueline McDowell, George Mason University; Theresa Hamlett, former HBCU Student-Athlete; Germaine McAuley, Spelman College, and Dr. Angelia Nelson, Lincoln University. Registration Required. Register today! Webinar Link:

Sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women Delaware Valley and Raritan Valley Sections, and Black Women in Sport Foundation

Haywood Releases State of Black Pennsylvania Report


By: Steve Ulrich March 2, 2023  3:50 PM

Somewhat lost in the noise of the change in leadership in the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday, state Senator Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) announced the release of his first State of Black Pennsylvania report.

The report details the changing position of Black Pennsylvanians from 2010 to 2021, with several data points indicating the upward socioeconomic mobility of the Black community.

The 28-page report examines health, incarceration, income, and population data for Black Pennsylvanians. The data was pulled from a number of sources to put together a complete picture of the Black experience in PA over the past decade. Read more here

Allentown Branch of the NAACP Annual “Tribute to Dr. King” Monday, January 16th at 11:00AM hosted at the historic St. James A.M.E. Zion Church in Allentown PA

The Allentown Branch of the NAACP will hold its Annual “Tribute to Dr. King” celebration on Monday, January 16th at 11:00AM hosted at the historic St. James A.M.E. Zion Church located at 410 Union Street in Allentown, PA where the Reverend Thomas E. Sweatt is the Pastor. 

This annual event celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The public is invited to attend. 

This year’s theme is “This Is Power”. This theme is reflective of the National NAACP’s theme for 2023. 

This year’s Keynote Speaker is PA State Senator Art Haywood who represents the state of Pennsylvania’s 4th Senatorial District. Senator Haywood was initially elected to the PA Senate in 2014 after serving as the President of the Board of Commissioners in Cheltenham. 

His PA Senatorial District has offices in Abington and Philadelphia. Through his leadership as a State Senator, he has worked to reduce homelessness through expansion of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act, passed requirements to test for lead in Pennsylvania schools, and successfully championed legislation to relocate domestic violence survivors living in public housing. 

 The ARC of Pennsylvania recognized Senator Haywood in 2021 as their “Legislator of the Year” for exceptional leadership in addressing the needs of Pennsylvanians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Senator Haywood graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehouse College with his bachelor’s degree; attended the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar to complete his master’s degree. He then graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985. 

Youth from the Allentown School District’s William Allen High School Black Student Union will also be participating in the program. The NAACP was founded in 1909 and is the oldest civil rights organization in the world. 

Contact Dan Bosket, Allentown NAACP Vice-President at 610-780-9903 for more information.

Travel Business Training: Saturday February 18th 2023 @ the Bethlehem Area Public Library11am to 2pm


Paul Muschick: Why didn’t the Phillies pitch in sooner to help IronPigs?

Paul Muschick - The Morning Call (TNS)  Dec 19, 2022 Updated Dec 19, 2022

So the Philadelphia Phillies are contributing to renovations at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown after all.

During a news conference at the stadium Friday that was attended by top Phillies brass, it was announced that the Phils would be paying an undisclosed amount toward updating player facilities.

That’s nice. The investment is welcome and important. But the Phillies could have done much more, much sooner, to help the IronPigs, their top minor league partner. Let’s not lose sight of that. Read more here

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Philly's Africatown could be resurrection of Tulsa's 'Black Wall Street

Michael Coard Dec 5, 2022

This is volume 20 of my monthly column entitled Black Dollars Matter. As I point out each month, this column is generally designed to compel Philadelphia’s white businesses/entities and white employers to treat Black consumers and Black applicants/employees/firms with respect. But, more important, it is also designed to convince Black people in Philadelphia to “do for self” economically because money talks and B.S. walks.

At the outset, I must proudly declare that this volume is by far my favorite among the 20 because this one highlights not only Black economic independence but also Black cultural independence. And it’s all about Philadelphia’s Africatown.

Philly’s Africatown was established as a result of the great economic and cultural vision of Jannie Blackwell – former City Councilperson and current Chairperson of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, Stanley Straughter – Chairman of the African and Caribbean Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Voffee Jabateh – CEO of the African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA)
Read more here

Hospital bid-review committee questioned - State Rep. Schlossberg says group met, Wolf administration denies it - watchdog report

HARRISBURG - A committee of state government and Allentown officials formed to review bids for the massive Allentown State Hospital property met at least several times.

Or did it?

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg of South Whitehall Township in late September said the committee met three or four times. But Gov. Tom Wolf's administration last week denied a Right-to-Know request from The Morning Call for committee meeting minutes, saying, "Your request is denied. The Evaluation Committee was not convened ..."

Told Friday of the Nov. 3 denial letter from DGS Open Records Officer Troy A. Thompson, Schlossberg was flummoxed by the "not convened" statement.

"But it was," he said. "We absolutely met multiple times."

Thompson said the "not convened" language was supplied to him by the DGS Bureau of Real Estate, and individuals from that agency were not immediately available because offices were closed on Veterans Day.

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association attorney Melissa Melewsky said the situation raised questions.

"There is an obvious inconsistency between the DGS' position and the apparent facts. It creates the appearance of impropriety," Melewsky said. "And it also suggests DGS did not provide a fully informed response to its Right-to-Know Law request, both of which are problematic."

The contradiction comes to light just a few days before the end of the 2021-22 legislative session, when lawmakers approved a drastic change in plans for selling the 195-acre state-owned property.

The "competitive solicitation committee" was created by a 2019 law and received only two bids. Thompson said earlier this year both were "nonresponsive."

Late in the legislative session, Sen. Pat Browne of Allentown - a lame-duck veteran senator who lost his bid for re-election - introduced a bill to sell the hospital property for $5.5 million directly to City Center Investment Corp., led by longtime Browne acquaintance J.B. Reilly.

The move drew some criticism, with some observers saying the property was worth more or questioning the transparency of the sale process.

The new proposal moved quickly in the Senate and House and was signed into law by Wolf.

Thompson declined to say specifically what disqualified the two bids in the original process. And, the department denied a Morning Call Right-to-Know request for copies of the rejected bids.

The newspaper has filed an appeal.

Browne, whose last Harrisburg session day after 28 years as a lawmaker is likely to be Tuesday, did not respond to requests for an interview.

On Friday, Schuylkill County Rep. Tim Twardzik, one of 44 House Republicans who voted against the bill that included the sale to Center City, was skeptical of the whole process.

"Meetings that are held? That are denied being held? It is really too much activity behind the curtain," he said. "As a businessperson, that would never be acceptable."

Another of those who voted "no," Rep. Aaron Bernstine of Lawrence County, said he was "disappointed but not surprised" by the contradictions on whether the committee met. The sale process, he said, "lacked significant transparency."

Schlossberg said previously that meeting attendees included himself, Browne, former Allentown Mayor Ray O'Connell and former Secretary of General Services Curt Topper.

Browne, Schlossberg, current Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk and DGS all favored the direct sale to City Center, the lead developer on Allentown's Neighborhood Improvement Zone, which fueled the city's downtown revitalization.

Tuerk said City Center understands the magnitude of the hospital land development project. Browne previously said he doesn't think the city will "find an opportunity better than this," referring to the direct sale to City Center.

Veteran media law attorney Craig Staudenmaier said he believed the bid-review committee fell under the provisions of the state Sunshine Law - and should have kept minutes. Speaking more generally, Staudenmaier said, "To the fullest extent possible, any action of government should be open to public scrutiny."

Melewsky, the PNA attorney, said she, too, believed the committee's work was subject to the Sunshine Act.

Putting the law aside, though, she said that public policy alone should dictate that records of meetings of such importance be kept. Maintaining records of who attended, what happened and what future courses were chosen makes sense, she said.

The lack of records, she said, leads to the question, "Why wouldn't they keep minutes and make them available?"

Schlossberg said he believed the meetings were not subject to the Sunshine Act because of exceptions made for real estate matters.

After Dec. 1, the property will no longer be in Schlossberg's House district. A recent redrawing of legislative maps put it in the newly drawn district won Tuesday by Josh Siegel, an Allentown City Council member.

Schlossberg said he was seeking answers on the "not convened" contradiction. He said he wants to hand off the process to Siegel in a responsible manner, and his main goal is to make sure development occurs in a way that reflects the will of the community.

Morning Call Capitol correspondent Ford Turner can be reached at

Caption: An aerial view of the former Allentown State Hospital property off Hanover Avenue. Scott M. Nagy/Special to The Morning Call

Fried Fish & Chicken Wing Platters: November 5th, 2022 @ New Harvest Church 1201 North Ulster St Allentown PA 18109


Fish or Wings Platters comes with Green Beans cooked with Smoked Turkey, Mac & Cheese, Bread & Dessert All Platters $12.00

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