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Hall of Fame 2021

2021 Virtual Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of individuals who have contributed to the rich cultural history and community of our beloved neighborhood. Our 2021 honorees are: Congressman Dwight Evans, historian and author Erica Armstrong Dunbar, and artist Moe Brooker – each embodies the extraordinary skills and talents that significantly contribute to the civic, educational, and artistic fabric of our community. For the 2021 Hall of Fame, we will build upon the success and creativity of our first virtual event with engaging stories that illustrate what is special about this community, its people, and its history.

 

2021 Hall of Fame
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Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University. She currently serves as the National Director of the Association of Black Women Historians –the only professional organization focused on Black women’s history. Dunbar’s first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City was published by Yale University in 2008. Her second book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (Simon & Schuster) was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and a winner of the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. The young readers version of Never Caught (Aladdin/Simon and Schuster) was published in January 2019.

In the fall of 2019, Dunbar published She Came To Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman, an accessible biography of one of the most remarkable social activists of the 19th century. Dunbar’s op-eds in outlets such as the New York Times, The Nation, TIME, Essence, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, her commentary in media outlets such as CNN and the LA Times, and her appearances in documentaries such as “The Abolitionists” an American Experience production on PBS, the History Channel’s biopic of George Washington as well as Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s Black Patriots place her at the center of America’s public history.

Moe Brooker

Moe Brooker is a contemporary American abstract painter. “His brilliantly colored abstract canvases are characterized by a varied array of mark-making and recessive space, with layered, juxtaposed patterns and a lively sense of formal invention” (Artnet). Born in Philadelphia Brooker has exhibited widely, earning honors such as the Artist of the Year Award from Governor Edward G. Rendell of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2010, the Medal of Merit from the Philadelphia Art Alliance and is included among the permanent collections of important institutions like the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Georgia Museum of Art and locally in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Woodmere Museum and the La Salle University Art Museum among others.

He studied both at the Tyler School of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the early 1970s after which he decided to move from semi-figurative paintings to pure abstraction, explaining this change as due to a desire to paint vibrant and rich African-American culture but lacking the representational iconography to do so. Brooker stated in his acceptance of the James Van Der Zee Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brandywine Workshop that “if you are given a gift, using that gift in its fullest sense is true worship.” (Artnet)  He has been on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Parsons School of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Moore College of Art and Design.

Congressman Dwight Evans

Congressman Dwight Evans represents Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Northwest and West Philadelphia and parts of North, South and Center City Philadelphia. He was first elected in a special election in November 2016. Before that, he served as a state representative for 36 years, and earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader who knows how to put public policy above politics and make ideas matter. He made history in 1990 when he became the first African-American chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, a position he held for two decades.

Throughout his public service career, Congressman Evans has worked tirelessly to expand and broaden access to economic and educational opportunities for all Philadelphians. He currently serves on the Ways and Means Committee and as vice chair of the Small Business Committee. He is also an at-large member of the executive committee of the Congressional Black Caucus. In his first term, he had one of his bills passed and signed into law, a true accomplishment for a freshman in the minority party. The new law is designed to reduce costs for small business owners who apply for a loan through the Small Business Administration. He also hosted a roundtable in Philadelphia on small business issues with then Ranking Member, now Chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, Nydia Velazquez.

In his first term, he also supported a criminal justice reform bill which became law, the First Step Act. His efforts also included hosting a roundtable on the subject in Philadelphia with then Ranking Member, now Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler. Congressman Evans is also a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

In the new Democratic-majority House, Congressman Evans is looking forward to advancing priorities such as protecting health care and reducing health disparities, and advocating for gun reform, criminal justice reform and economic development, including supporting small businesses.

A longtime resident of the West Oak Lane neighborhood, he is a graduate of Germantown High School, the Community College of Philadelphia and LaSalle University. (courtesy: evans.house.gov)

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