On May 13, 2015, WURD observed the 30-year commemoration of the tragic city government-sanctioned bombing of the Osage Ave. M.O.V.E. residence in 1985, which resulted in the death of eleven of the group’s members and the destruction of more than 60 residences.
Following a rally and press conference at 62nd St. and Osage Ave., MOVE’s Ramona Africa led a march to First District Plaza (3801 Market St., Phila, PA) for a series of live and pre-recorded remarks from speakers ranging from Angela Davis and Alice Walker to Cornell West and Chuck D. There will also be performances by The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble and The Welfare Poets.
Throughout the day we aired reflections and commemorations about that tumultuous day, and The Nick Taliaferro Show will broadcasted live from the culminating event at First District Plaza. Below is an audio recap of some of our programming, including comments from WURD’s Barbara Grant (strategic communications specialist and host of “Talking Drumline”), M.O.V.E. member Ramona Africa, and radio veteran/activist Cody Anderson.