Knowing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was coming to Philadelphia for its 106th annual convention, I asked David Levering Lewis, emeritus professor of history at New York University, to share his thoughts about the NAACP's past and future.
There's no mystery as to why City Council President Darrell Clarke used a consultant's study as his weapon to kill the proposed sale of municipally owned Philadelphia Gas Works to a private utility. It was an exercise in sheer power. Clarke wanted to put to rest any doubts about his dominance in City Hall.
Harold Jackson, editorial page editor for the Inquirer since 2007, has also worked for the Birmingham Post-Herald, United Press International, Birmingham News, and Baltimore Sun. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, Jackson has also received the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists Trailblazer Award, the Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists, and other journalism awards from the Associated Press, UPI, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Maryland-Delaware-Washington, D.C., Press Association, and the Alabama Press Association. A former Freedom Forum journalist in residence at the University of Alabama, Jackson was also a visiting professor of journalism at Loyola College of Maryland.