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Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

As a sixth grade student, Dontae Privette walked by the Kingsessing Recreation Center every day to get to school. “I’ve always just been connected to Kingsessing and this neighborhood,” said Privette, who grew up nearby in West Philadelphia. Now he’s constantly at the center, where he works as the executive director of the Kingsessing Roadrunners, […]

 

Kingsessing: Developing Adult Literacy Provides Opportunities

Kingsessing: Developing Adult Literacy Provides Opportunities

Eight years ago, Darrow Lyons’ wife encouraged him to join Never 2 Late, an adult literacy program offered through the Center for Literacy, an organization that provides programs to adult learners. The 63-year-old South Philly resident has been attending classes ever since. The program is held at the Kingsessing Branch of the Free Library every […]

 

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Poems about New York and chapters from a romance novel echoed through the Kingsessing Library’s sunlit basement. On Sept. 28, the library hosted an open mic poetry night for older adults— the first of many, Rachel Hayes hopes. “I think it’s important for the community,” Kingsessing Library Supervisor Hayes said. “Anything positive, anything that builds […]

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Kingsessing: Returning Home To Bring The Block Together

Kingsessing: Returning Home To Bring The Block Together

On a Saturday afternoon in mid-September, a block in Kingsessing thrived. Music blasted from speakers as neighbors danced, played cards and delved into home-cooked food. It’s not the first time that Gregory Benjamin— the block captain who organized the celebration— has brought his community together. Benjamin grew up on the 5000 block of Springfield Avenue […]

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Kingsessing: AFRICOM Serves As Center Of African Immigrant Community

Kingsessing: AFRICOM Serves As Center Of African Immigrant Community

Eric Edi arrived in the United States in 1999 from his native Ivory Coast during a turbulent time in many West African countries. Conflicts in countries such as Liberia, Sudan and Eritrea left many refugees seeking shelter in the United States. Edi was attending Temple University on a Fulbright scholarship when he found out about […]

 

Kingsessing: West Philly Waste Opens 2017 Season

Kingsessing: West Philly Waste Opens 2017 Season

It was a mild Wednesday night at Kingsessing Park in West Philadelphia when a group of friends and nearby residents gathered to play a game of softball, thus beginning their weekly summer tradition. Ten years ago, a group of punk rock die-hards bonded over the passion that they shared outside of music: baseball. The group […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: Urban Farms Work to Take Back the Land

Urban farms all over Philadelphia indicate that many people in the city seek control over the produce and livestock they eat. The concept behind this control is food sovereignty, which asserts that local communities have the right to democratically decide where their food comes from, how it is grown and who profits from selling it. […]