Saturday, November 28, 2015

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


We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
See Christine Flowers on Channel 6's "Inside Story" Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Email Christine M. at Reach Christine M. at

Christine M. Flowers Daily News Columnist
Also on
letter icon Newsletter