Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians


The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Philadelphia, PA, recently presented its Solas Awards (Gaelic for light) to shine a light on visionary leaders that illuminate the positive impact immigrants have on our regional economy.
“Each of our honorees is a visionary leader in their field who see welcoming immigrants as a vital component to our region’s economic growth,” said Peter Gonzales, President and CEO of the Welcoming Center.

The Penn Relays – A Fun Time


The Penn Relays were founded by the University of Pennsylvania in 1893 to run alongside the university’s Spring Handicap Track and Field games. The very first relay was held on April 12, 1895 with over 5,000 spectators in attendance– the largest track and field crowd to gather in Philadelphia. During that time in America, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia were the only cities centered around track and field games, therefore the Penn Relays became one of the largest relays in the country.

African Caribbean Business and tourism programs


African Business Roundtable An African Business Roundtable program was hosted by the Global Interdependence Center at the Federal Reserve Building June 12 in Philadelphia. Stan Straughter, Board of Directors member, ODUNDE opened the program and introduced Florizelle Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa as the keynote speaker.

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project


Almost everyone has heard of the Middle passage in one form or another, but how many people knew about Philadelphia’s involvement in this lucrative, yet tragic moment in history. The Transatlantic Slave Trade was the spearhead of the economic birth of America and other countries that had theirhand in it. Africans brought to America are considered the first of the proletarian class.