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Together, our voices our stronger, and we are raising them to protest the relentless, sanctioned assaults on our brothers and sisters throughout the Disapora.  #PhillyDIEin took place on December 3 (2014) at 4:15 p.m. inside Philadelphia’s 30th Street Amtrak Station, followed by a protest march to City Hall.

We must recognize that the high levels of addiction, abuse, mental illness and suffering still being endured by Black people today is the price we continue to pay for daring to believe that freedom is possible.

900AM-WURD is committed to ongoing coverage of the August 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, MO. It was announced on November 24 that the St. Louis County grand jury convened to determine whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson has not brought criminal charges against him.

Can we embrace the good in the man, the legacy by which he has risen to power, and still properly scrutinize, chastise and hold him accountable for the glaring missteps and abuses?

WURD’s Eye on Education series tackles the difficult issues currently facing the Philadelphia education system with a particular focus on models of success both locally and nationally. Our final event is the WURD Speaks: Eye on Education Symposium on September 30 at the Franklin Institute.

Tavis Smiley, host of PBS’s ”Tavis Smiley” and Public Radio International’s ”The Tavis Smiley Show,” stopped by Wake Up With WURD for a great conversation with Solomon Jones on September 18. Click the headline to hear the podcast.

On Tuesday, September 9, National Action Network’s (NAN) Ferguson, MO chapter will hold a press conference at 10:00 CST (11:00 A.M. Philadelphia time) to publicly question why Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown, has still not been arrested.

900AM-WURD is carrying the livestreaming coverage of the homegoing service for Michael Brown, courtesy of WPDE NewsChannel 15. You may also listen to the service at 900AM in the Philadelphia area, online worldwide at, or on the 900AMWURD app for Android or iPhone.

Then last week in Ferguson, Missouri happened and it made me realize that my on the fence position was exactly where I should be. It’s not a battle between which faction can be more effective, but rather a collaborative effort which makes this whole thing work.

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