Black History Month 2021 - Who’s Making History Today?

February marks the start of Black History Month. While countless prominent African-American men and women have made a profound impact on our history, Stradley Ronon is proud to highlight people and organizations who are "making history today." We invite you to celebrate their achievements and contributions with us as we spotlight those who deserve to be recognized for grassroots efforts, health care and more.

Ala Stanford

Ala Stanford is a local Philadelphia surgeon who founded the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, a mobile COVID-19 testing operation whose goal is to provide a testing alternative that is barrier-free to test for coronavirus. Stanford worked out of a rented van to ensure that the city’s Black residents, who are disproportionately affected and underserved, had free access to testing. Visit here to learn more.

Malcolm Kenyatta

Representative Malcolm Kenyatta is a local Philadelphian and community activist who was the first openly LGBTQ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to either chamber of the General Assembly in Pennsylvania history. Representative Kenyatta was elected to serve as state representative for the 181st Legislative District, Philadelphia County, in 2018. As a legislator, he has championed proposals to address generational poverty, common-sense measures to address gun violence and increased access to mental health, to name a few. Visit here to learn more.

Just The Beginning

Just The Beginning - A Pipeline Organization, has been dedicated to developing and nurturing interest in the law among young persons from socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession. Their pipeline programs are 100% free and provide JTB Scholars with opportunities that support their academic growth and legal aspirations. Visit here to learn more.

Terrill Haigler

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Terrill Haigler created an Instagram account dedicated to giving people an inside look at what it’s like to be a sanitation worker on the front lines of COVID-19. Terrill created a t-shirt with a trash man logo and used the money raised to buy PPE (personal protective equipment) and clean supplies for workers in Philadelphia. He also hosted a food drive at his church for all frontline workers in Philadelphia, which had enough food to feed 1,500 families.