Looking for a new and interesting book to read? Want your students to know more about community engagement? Consider coming to our next event on Wednesday, April 15th that features a new book on Philadelphia Mayor Richardson Dilworth.
The book was written by Peter Binzen and his son Jonathan. Peter Binzen knew Dilworth personally as he covered much of Dilworth’s political career while working as a Philadelphia journalist.
Dilworth’s story, while colorful, shows how he helped shape Philadelphia into what it is today. Prior to his term as mayor, the city was known to be out of date and corrupt. Today, we can thank Dilworth for cleaning up Society Hill, Independence Mall, SEPTA, and the public park system. Learning about the people who helped shape Philadelphia teaches students more about their own community history. These are stories you probably will not find in a traditional textbook, yet they illustrate that community change can happen.