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This article is part of The Toll: The Roots and Costs of Gun Violence in Philadelphia, a solutions-focused series from the collaborative reporting project Broke in Philly. You can find other stories in the series here and follow us on Twitter at @BrokeInPhilly. By Charles Ellison | The Philadelphia Citizen Multiple studies find that environmental fixes to low-income neighborhoods [...]
This year for Founder’s Day, WURD Radio will acknowledge five members of the community who represent the ideals, mission and character of our founder, Walter P. Lomax Jr., M.D.  Join us on Founder’s Day, Thursday Aug. 26, when we honor the awardees. Click here for a full schedule of Founder’s Day events. The 2021 WURD [...]
As WURD Radio prepares to honor the legacy of Walter P. Lomax Jr., M.D. during our Founder’s Day celebration on Aug. 26, learn more about the man whose life and service left an indelible imprint on the Philadelphia community. Hear Sara Lomax-Reese interview her father, Walter P. Lomax Jr., M.D.  Hear Dr. Lomax in his [...]
By WURD Radio In honor of Black Music Month, WURD Radio host Tiffany Bacon interviewed musicologist, pianist, composer and University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Guthrie Ramsey about the history of “Freedom Music” and its impact on Black culture and community.  Hear the interview in full below, listen to our Songs of Freedom playlist and share [...]
Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer  I’ve long known that some of the Philadelphia police officers who were fired after their racist or bigoted Facebook comments were exposed by the 2019 Plainview Project were trying to get their jobs back through arbitration. That’s why reading about it in The Inquirer was no surprise. I was, [...]
Here’s how to start -- and continue -- the ‘Day of Healing’ The fight against the systemic brutalization of Black bodies started long before the heinous murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. We have a long history of trauma and abuse at the hands of white America. But through it all we always [...]
By Solomon Jones | WURD Radio Sometimes you meet people who influence you in ways you can’t immediately see. Leroi Simmons did that for me. He called me one Saturday out of the blue while I was outside with my children. At the time I had just debuted a self-published CD called Wisdom, which I’d [...]
By Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com As the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is accused of killing George Floyd by mercilessly pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck, begins this week, I am convinced that Black people need healing as much as we need justice. There is a persistent heartache that [...]
By Syreeta Martin | The Philadelphia Citizen A WURD radio host and entrepreneur reflects on the four “Fs” that have come to the forefront this year: family, finances, fitness and faith The past year was a transformative force. Anytime transformation occurs there is disruption in its onset, disorientation in its presence and, oftentimes, destruction, in [...]

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