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WURD’s 2022 Founder’s Day Celebration

today August 31, 2022my_locationParkway Central Library

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Begin August 31, 2022 H 9:00 am
End August 31, 2022 H 5:00 pm
Location Parkway Central Library
Address 1901 Vine St.

Join WURD Radio for our annual Founder’s Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 from at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.!

Founder’s Day festivities will include a job and resource fair, mindful movement activities, panel discussions, the second annual Community Impact Awards, a WURD host roundtable, a forWURD member appreciation salon and live music. Masks are required to attend.

Just added to the Founder’s Day lineup — a forWURD member-exclusive invitation to a live cooking demonstration, conversation and tasting at the library’s Culinary Literacy Center. Tonya Hopkins, host of WURD’s Savory and Sweet, will join renowned Philadelphia chef Shayla Felton-Dorsey to recreate a recipe from “Watermelon and Red Birds,” the celebrated cookbook about Juneteenth and Black celebrations. WURD members can register here.

And if you’re not a member, now is the perfect time to join the forWURD movement! Buy or renew your sustaining forWURD membership at the discounted rate of $80.

Click here to learn more about the life and legacy of Walter P. Lomax Jr., M.D.!


9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Lively-HOOD Job Fair

10-11 a.m.: Violence as a Public Health Issue

Moderator: Andrea Lawful Sanders, host of The Source


Sharrelle Barber, Sc.D., Director of The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity
Seun Ross, Ph.D., Executive Director, Health Equity, Independence Blue Cross
Carol Penn, D.O., Mind-Body Medicine Expert
Trooper Sanders, CEO, Benefits Data Trust
Joseph M. Gobern, M.D., MBA, FACOG, System Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Main Line Health

11:30 a.m.-noon: Mindful Movement interlude with Dr. Penn

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: This Land Is My Land: Creating Generational Wealth Through Property Ownership

Moderator: Charles Ellison, host of Reality Check


— Charles Lomax, Chairman and CEO, Lomax Real Estate Partners LP
— Ashanti Martin, General Manager, WURD Radio
— Tayyib Smith, Principal, Smith&Roller/Chief Strategist, The Growth Collective
— Kenny Gamble

12:30-2 p.m.: Cooking demonstration, conversation and tasting (forWURD members only)

— Aurora Sanchez, Healthy Communities Coordinator, Free Library of Philadelphia
— Shayla Felton-Dorsey, Chef
— Tonya Hopkins, Host, Savory & Sweet

1-1:30 p.m.: Community Impact Awards presentation ceremony


— Lisa Robinson, Founder & CEO, My Independence at Home
— M. Claire Lomax, Esq., (Posthumously), WURD General Counsel and Board Member
— Joan Myers Brown, Founder of Philadanco
— Terrill Haigler, CEO of YaFavTrashman LLC
— Richard Gordon IV, Principal of Paul Robeson High School for Human Services

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Black Women Tech Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Moderator: Sara Lomax-Reese, President and CEO of WURD Radio


— Sherrell Dorsey, Founder and CEO, The Plug
— Mutale Nkonde, Leader, AI for the People
— Brigitte Daniel, CEO, Wilco Electronic Systems
— Tiffanie Stanard, CEO and Founder, Stimulus

3-4:30 p.m.: WURD Host Roundtable: The Role of the Black Press in Perilous Times


Andrea Lawful Sanders, The Source
Charles Ellison, Reality Check
— Joann Bell, The Source
Kala J, CrossWURDz
Brother Shomari, Groundings
Solomon Jones, Wake Up With WURD


Performances will take place throughout the day.

– Ashley Scott
– Stan Davis
– Owen Brown
– Rahnda Rize
– Karen Smith
– Jaykia

WURD would like to thank Founder’s Day sponsors PECO, Keystone First, Herr’s, Dietz & Watson, Comcast, Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Brown’s ShopRite, Bank of America, Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, Temple University Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Development and Health Partners Plans for their support.




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