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As always, 900AM-WURD joins the world on the observance of Martin Luther King Day with special programming and participation in various events around the region. Read on for an overview of what we have planned this year.

I wrote of the knot that forms in my stomach when I think of the danger to my son. I wrote my truth, and wrote it unfettered, and something miraculous happened. Producers at ABC reached out to me. Within 24 hours of the initial conversation, my 10-year-old son and I were sitting in my kitchen with a crew from “Nightline,” having an intimate talk about race, police and Ferguson.

Wake Up With WURD‘s Solomon Jones (and his son!) appeared on a recent edition of ABC’s Nightline titled Two Fathers, Two Sons, Two Different Conversations on Race. It was an excellent follow-up to Solomon’s recent article about the pain and fear many Black fathers feel about the safety of their sons — not just in the wake of Ferguson, but all the time.

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.

On November 22, Wake Up With WURD’s Solomon Jones launched a weekly three-minute segment on FOX 29-TV (Philadelphia) called “Let It Rip,” where he provides his own brand of energetic commentary on contemporary topics. “Let It Rip” airs between 8 am and 10 am every Saturday.

He’s back… Solomon Jones of Wake Up With WURD appeared on HLN’s “Nancy Grace” on both Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the November 2 abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, and will join the show again tonight (November 6, 8 p.m. EST ) to review the details of her rescue and the capture of her attacker, Delvin Barnes. HLN is carried on Comcast, FiOS, DirecTV and Dish.

Great news, WURD family! Philadelphia Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong, creator of the “Sexy Singles” contest, joins “Wake Up With WURD” every Monday for a weekly look at news, pop culture, and the world through the eyes of a woman who’s seen it all.

Join 900AM-WURD this Saturday, October 4, to help clean up the legendary 16th and Susquehanna basketball courts! This community clean up day runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the first 10 volunteers will receive a free 16th and Philly t-shirt!

In a community where poverty and affluence are locked in an uncomfortable embrace, properties that once sold for less than $5,000 have been sold for nearly $2 million. And as the complexion of the community changes, along with the name—Templetown—the courts stand as a reminder of the way things used to be, when 16th and Susquehanna was not only the center of the basketball world. It was the center of a community.

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