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File #: 190664    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/12/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/12/2019
Title: Honoring and Recognizing The Palmer Foundation for all the great work they have done to bring recognition to African American stories and fight racism in America.
Sponsors: Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19066400
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Honoring and Recognizing The Palmer Foundation for all the great work they have done to bring recognition to African American stories and fight racism in America.
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WHEREAS, The Palmer Foundation (The Foundation) was created by Professor Walter D. Palmer, in 1955, to collect information on African History and American Racism; and
WHEREAS, The Foundation created the Black People's University of Philadelphia Freedom School (BPUP) to develop strategies to fight against racial injustice in America which included desegregating Band Stand and Paul Whiteman Dances and Mummer's Blackface; and
WHEREAS, Over the last sixty years BPUP founded, organized, sponsored, and supported projects for leadership training in education, community law, business and politics, as well as fighting against racial segregation; and
WHEREAS, BPUP protested against racial discrimination in Philadelphia schools, government, colleges, hospitals. public transportation, news outlets, US Post Office, Fire and Police, banks, stadium, Out of Chinatown, Penn, Temple and Drexel expansion; and
WHEREAS, BPUP founded the original Philadelphia Freedom Theater, First Black Independent Political Party, "COPE 46," Walter D. Palmer Leadership Partners Charter School, Black People's Unity Movement, City Wide Black Community Council, Society for Preservation for African History, National Association of Black Social Workers and Philadelphia Citywide Council and Human Rights; and
WHEREAS, BPUP organized the November 1967 student strike, Black Power, Black Panther, antiwar African Diaspora conferences, as well as Temple and Penn Black Studies, Jesse Jackson for President, anti-gang activities, Penn Hospital and CHOP desegregation, Civil Rights, Afro-Centric Free Mandela Movements; and
WHEREAS, BPUB cosponsored The Black United Fund, Odunde, African American Museum, Congressional Black Caucus, Black Teachers' Roundtable, Pennsylvania's Black Political Caucus, Temple and Penn Community Mental Health progra...

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