This free event commemorates the adoption of a strong civil rights plank at the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. U.S. Representative John Lewis, former
President of ADA, will discuss the relevancy of the 1948 plank to contemporary civil rights issues.
1948 marked the last occasion when the Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia. ADA had been founded 18 months before and the Philadelphia Chapter was among the first and strongest organized. It is with pride that we look back at the important role our local leaders played in persuading the young Hubert Humphrey, an ADA member, to introduce a strong civil rights plank at the convention. As the Democratic Party again holds its convention in our city, it is fitting that we come together to highlight our past success and discuss how we might, working together, have success in the future.
Host Committee: Thomas Paine Cronin, W. Wilson Goode, Sr., William J. Green, III, Henry Nicholas, Michael Nutter, Edward Rendell, John Street, Shelly Yanoff