Excerption from Global Philly: African
For over 300 years, Philadelphia has been home to people of African origin, from African slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries to waves of the “Great Migration” from the southern states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In recent years, Philadelphia has come full circle and is once again playing host to a new population arriving directly from the continent of Africa. There are an estimated 50,000 African immigrants living in the Greater Philadelphia area, representing a variety of nations, cultures, languages, and religions.
Link to the full article and thesource: http://globalphiladelphia.org/communities/african
Excerpt from The Quaker Province: 1681-1776
Despite Quaker opposition to slavery, about 4,000 slaves were brought to Pennsylvania by 1730, most of them owned by English, Welsh, and Scotch-Irish colonists. The census of 1790 showed that the number of African Americans had increased to about 10,000, of whom about 6,300 had received their freedom. The Pennsylvania Gradual Abolition Act of 1780 was the first emancipation statute in the United States.
Link to the full article: The Founding of Pennsylvania, The Quaker Province: 1681-1776, The Pennsylvania General Assembly, http://www.legis.state.pa.us/wu01/vc/visitor_info/pa_history/II.htm
Link to the image source: London Coffee House, Item# pdcc01080, Historical Images of Philadelphia, Digital Collections, Free Library, http://libwww.freelibrary.org/hip/HIPSearchItem.cfm?searchKey=0614896233&ItemID=pdcc01080
Book description: "Contexts" provides essential public writings on the autobiography, general and historical background, related travel and scientific literature, other 18th-century works by authors of African ancestry, and works debating the slave trade. "Criticism" includes six contemporary reviews and nine modern essays on the narrative by Paul Edwards, Charles T. Davis, Houston A. Baker, Jr., Angelo Costanzo, Catherine Obianju Acholonu, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Geraldine Murphy, Adam Potkay, and Robert J. Allison. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included. It is accompanied by an introduction, maps, illustrations, and annotations.
Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day.
Excerpt from "Southwest Philly: African Immigrants defy poverty and revitalize a community" by James Kerkula, Examiner.com.
This is a story about Charles Cooper, a Liberian immigrant:
"Charles’ story is not uncommon among the African immigrant population. Although they are new arrivals to the United States—most coming as refugees fleeing civil conflicts and political prosecutions—their can do spirits combined with strong ‘Protestant work ethics’ propel them to excel academically and in the workplace. Like their counterparts of high-achieving immigrants of earlier generations, they are revitalizing communities around the country."
Link to the full article: Examiner.com, http://www.examiner.com/article/southwest-philly-african-immigrants-defy-poverty-and-revitalize-a-community
Book description: An acclaimed African writer offers a debut collection of stories set both in Nigeria and the United States, which moves from the fears and dreams of boys and girls in African villages and refugee camps, to the disillusionment and confusion of young married couples living in America.
Book description from the paperback edition: What do you wear to meet your father for the first time? In 2004, Hannah Pool knew more about next season's lipstick colors than she did about Africa: a beauty editor for The Guardian newspaper, she juggled lattes and cocktails, handbags and hangouts through her 20s just like any other beautiful, independent Londoner. Her white, English adoptive relatives were beloved to her and were all the family she needed. Contacted by relatives she didn't know she had, she decided to visit Eritrea, the war-torn African country of her birth, and answer for herself the daunting questions every adopted child asks. What Hannah Pool learned on her journey forms a narrative of insight, wisdom, wit, and warmth beyond all expectations. A story that will "send shivers down [your] spine" (The Bookseller), My Fathers' Daughter follows Hannah Pool's brave and heartbreaking return to Africa to meet the family she lost--and the father she thought was dead.