50th anniversary: North Philly riots 1964

September 2, 2014

Complete 1964 North Philly riots retrospective

50 years on, NewsWorks looks back at the 1964 North Philadelphia riots and their lasting impact. 

A view looking west down Columbia Avenue during the 1964 riots (left) and the view looking west down Cecil B. Moore Avenue in 2014.
August 28, 2014

Temple's part in North Philly continues to evolve [photos]

On this 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia race riots, we continue our week's retrospective with David Bartelt, a Temple University professor of geography and urban studies.

(Image courtesy of Temple University Urban Archives)
August 28, 2014

The other protests of 1964 and the North Philly neighborhood spared by the riots

All week we've been bringing you the story of the 1964 riots in North Philadelphia.

That unrest sprang up amid years of more peaceful protest, for social and economic justice for African-American residents.  And while the riots devastated parts of North Philly, one new urban housing development a few blocks away was largely spared.

Workmen pick a cash register off the sidewalk in front of smashed store, Aug. 29, 1964, wrecked during wild night of looting and rioting in North Philadelphia. Rioting that ended in injuries to scores and widespread property damage apparently began in scuffle during a routine arrest. (John F. Urwiller/AP Photo)
August 28, 2014 | Commentary

1964 North Philly riots: Why destroy their own neighborhood?

Long after the fires from the riots had finally burned out, one question lingered: "Why did they destroy their own neighborhood?" Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson thinks back to those days in August 1964, when Columbia Avenue erupted.

Reverend Joe Williams (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)
August 27, 2014

North Philadelphia native remembers the 1964 riots

Reverend Joe Williams has lived in Mt. Airy for many years.  He's traveled the world as a professional singer and was a member of the Dixie Hummingbirds. He is pastor of the Mt. Airy United Fellowship church. But if you ask him, he will tell you he is from "North Philadelphia, 18th and Norris."

(From left) Professor James Peterson (Courtesy of Lehigh University) and Richard Watson
(Courtesy of Temple University Libraries Special Collections 
Civil Rights in a Northern City: Philadelphia)
August 27, 2014 | Listen

'64 demonstrations reflected social frustrations in the neighborhood

Richard Watson, a longtime activist in the Philadelphia African American community and Exhibits Manager and Artist-in-Residence at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, sat down to share his recollections of the state of the community with Associate Professor James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University.

Acel Moore started as a 'copy boy' at the Philadelphia Inquirer and went on to blaze a trail for African-American journalists. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
August 27, 2014 | Commentary

In conversation with Acel Moore

WHYY's Elizabeth Fielder recently sat down with journalist Acel Moore, who blazed a trail through Philadelphia's journalism community, to talk about the 1964 North Philadelphia riots, and their lingering effects today.

Cecily Banks, the oldest daughter of Cecil B. Moore, stands beside a mural honoring her father at the corner of West Jefferson and North Bouvier streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
August 26, 2014

Remembering the 1964 riots in North Philadelphia [photos]

A rumor spread 50 years ago this week that police officers had assaulted — maybe even killed — a pregnant African-American woman in North Philadelphia.

While that description was a vast exaggeration, it sparked two days of riots starting the night of Aug. 28.

Protestors autograph a sketch of Michael Brown during a protest, in Atlanta. Michael Brown Jr. was on the verge of starting college, eager to launch himself into the adult world. Instead, on Monday he’ll be mourned at his funeral, more than two weeks after his fatal shooting by a white police officer. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
August 25, 2014 | The Philadelphia Experiment

Hard questions as Michael Brown is laid to rest

Rest in peace. It’s the platitude we will hear today as Michael Brown’s parents bury their child.

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