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Ruth B. Harper
Ruth B. Harper represented the 196th legislative district in Philadelphia for fifteen years. Harper was born on December 24, 1927 in Hinesville, Liberty County, Georgia. She graduated from Cuyler Beach High School before moving to the Philadelphia area. Once in Philadelphia she attended the Berean Institute of Cosmetology and Business, the Flamingo Modeling and Charm … Continue reading "Ruth B. Harper"

Homer S. Brown
Homer Sylvester Brown was born on September 23, 1896 in Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia. Brown was educated at local schools before graduating from Virginia Union University, and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1923. He was married to Wilhelmina Byrd and they had one son: Byrd Brown who was a prominent … Continue reading "Homer S. Brown"

Cherelle Parker
Born on September 9, 1972, Cherelle Parker was raised by her grandparents in her hometown of Philadelphia. She attended Parkway High School where she graduated in 1990. It was during this time, that she discovered her passion for public service. Parker won the Citywide Black and Women’s History Month Oratorical Competitions, making her the first … Continue reading "Cherelle Parker"

Hardy Williams
Hardy Williams was a crucial figure in Philadelphia politics during the 1960s until his death in 2010. Born on April 14, 1931 in Philadelphia, Williams graduated from West Philadelphia High School. He later attended Cheyney Training State School, now known as Cheyney University, but eventually graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1952. It was … Continue reading "Hardy Williams"

“A Day That Will Live in Infamy”
On this day 79 years ago, America changed forever. The beautiful, peaceful island of Oahu soon turned into a war zone, and no one saw it coming. On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese aerial torpedoes and planes soon littered Ford Island and Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese intent was to … Continue reading "“A Day That Will Live in Infamy”"