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Diversity in Frankford

It's a celebration

Diversity in Frankford


I deal with immigrants all the time, so diversity is not, excuse the pun, a foreign concept to me.  It’s the rare day that I don’t hear someone asking me, in French “how long will I have to wait to get my fiancée to the United States?” or in Spanish “will I be able to renew my work authorization?” or in Italian “am I eligible for citizenship, now?”  It’s a regular Ellis Island on South Broad.


But you don’t have to be involved in the immigration field to understand the importance of diversity and how it enriches the lives of those who are surrounded by English, who never eat anything more exotic than a burrito from Taco Bell, and who think that international relations involve figuring out how to understand the North Jersey accent.


Someone who understands that better than most is Katrina Yancey, a lifelong resident of Frankford who has made it her life’s mission to improve the community that she loves.  On Saturday, June 2, 2012 starting at 12:00 p.m., Frankford will be hosting its Third Annual Multi-Cultural Affair. This year’s theme is “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child.”  There will be food, story-telling, a health fair, dancing, poetry, history and a special “Kid Zone.”


Philadelphia, unlike almost any other large metropolis in the nation, is a city of neighborhoods.  Frankford is one of the neighborhoods that enrich the fabric of this place, and Saturday’s event promises to be an exceptional tribute to that richness.


It will be held at the Billy Gambrel Recreation Center, 1900 Wakeling Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124. For more information, contact Katrina Yancey at or


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