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The Philadelphia Negro: Past & Present

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The Walter P. Lomax, Jr., MD Speaker Series presents WURD Speaks

Join WURD Radio – celebrating 15 years – in partnership with the Barnes Foundation for our 2018 WURD Speaks speaker series!

Created in celebration of WURD’s 15th anniversary and W.E.B. Du Bois’s 150th birthday, the program explores The Philadelphia Negro, a sociological study written in 1899 by Du Bois and commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania. A panel led by scholar Anthony Monteiro will look at Du Bois’s findings then and discuss where Philadelphia as a black community is now.

In 1899 Dr. Barnes was still working on his pharmaceutical studies in Germany, and it wasn’t until his first business in 1902 that he began to work with Philadelphia’s African-American community on his “experiment in education,” which evolved into the educational program at the Barnes.



Eric K. Grimes aka “Brother Shomari” – Host of the Shomari Show, WURD Radio


Panelists Include:

Anthony Monteiro, Ph.D. – Scholar, Activist and Organizer of “The Year of Du Bois” Initiative

Imani Perry, Ph.D. – Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University

John Jackson, Ph.D. – Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Kali Nicole Gross, Ph.D. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Immediately following the panel, attendees can participate in the Barnes’ First Friday festivities that include:

– Jazz performance by musician Jumaane Smith

– Access to the Barnes collection and Kiefer Rodin exhibition

– Cocktails and light bites for purchase


To purchase tickets for this event, please CLICK HERE.

Or call WURD Radio at 215-425-7875 for questions or help purchasing tickets.

And WURD Family, TUNE IN to WURD Radio for our special DISCOUNTED Price.

Space is limited so get your tickets today!

Please bring your tickets or confirmation email on the night of the event!


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