Flashpoint: Diversity and inclusion, saving Camden's MLK house, and #BlackHistoryUntold

February 02, 2020 - 6:30 am
Panelists:  Jennifer Rodríguez, Sulaiman Rahman, Charles Gallagher, Stacy Hawkins

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about diversity and inclusion as we kick off Black History Month. In recent years, there has been an over representation of people of color, women, and LGBT people in advertising and on television. But, if you pull back the shade and look at who is in leadership, upper management and the C-suite, women and people of color are seriously behind.

Why do things look better in Corporate America than they actually are in reality?  Sulaiman Rahman, founder of Diverse Force joins Jennifer Rodriguez of Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Rutgers Law professor Stacy Hawkins who specializes in diversity law and Charles Gallagher an expert on ethnicity who is a professor at La Salle University.

Patrick Duff.
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The newsmaker of the week is the MLK House in Camden. A 21-year-old Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed at the house while attending Crozer Memorial Seminary during the 1950s. Records show King performed his very first act in nearby Maple Shade, New Jersey, during a summer he stayed at the house.

However, efforts to get the home, located in the 700 Block of Walnut Street in Camden, designated as a historical landmark have stalled. Investigator and activist Patrick Duff, who is the force behind the effort, recently filed a lawsuit to push the cause forward. He explains the latest dispute.

Sofiya Ballin.
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Finally, the Patriot Home Care changemaker of the week is Black History Untold, an identity series created by award-winning journalist Sofiya Ballin. The 30-part series looks at the Black experience of history.

On February 11, 2020 at 6 p.m., Ballin will present the latest installment of the series, via a documentary titled, "Revolution."  The film will be the centerpiece of a special History After Hours at the Museum of the American Revolution. Tickets can be purchased online.

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