Pathfinders Travel Celebrates New Millennium with a Trip Back to the Future
(PRWEB) November 5, 1999
Pathfinders Travel, the leading multi-media source of travel information for people of color, proudly announces the launch of its Save African American Historical Sites campaign with a reception and awards ceremony to be held Monday, November 15, 1999, in Philadelphia, Pa. Inspired by The White House Millennium Council1s Save America1s Treasures initiative, the program is dedicated to the celebration of America1s historic resources, with a special emphasis on preserving African American cultural symbols. Pathfinders Travel has selected The Paul Robeson House in Philadelphia as the first historical site of the campaign.
"With so much attention being paid to the new millennium, we thought it only fitting to reflect upon our cultural heritage, and pay homage to historic sites that have been threatened by neglect, deterioration or lack of public awareness," said Pamela Thomas, editor-in-chief of Pathfinders Travel Magazine.
Located at 4951 Walnut Street in a modest West Philadelphia neighborhood, The Paul Robeson House was home to the world famous thespian and civil rights activist until his death in 1976. Once completed, it will house Robeson memorabilia and archives, an art exhibit as well as a community arts and legal resource center. A Memorial Park is also planned for a vacant lot adjacent to the House. Due to the efforts of the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the House was granted Historical Site distinction by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1992. Despite this recognition, extensive restorative work and construction are needed.
"Paul Robeson is the perfect example of a modern day ÂRenaissance Man," said Fran Aulston, executive director of the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. "A noted scholar and activist, he was also an attorney, a gifted athlete, an artist and a Broadway actor. Robeson's life had meaning -- his legacy deserves to be preserved for future generations and, thanks to Pathfinders Travel, it can be."
The November 15 reception will be held at Philadelphia City Hall, 1 South Broad Street, Room 202. It will feature an appearance by Avery Brooks, best known for his role as Captain Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, who will read from "Paul Robeson," the stage play in which he starred. In addition, Pathfinders, joined by members of the Robeson family, will present Aulston with its Keeper of the Culture award in recognition of her efforts to raise awareness of Robeson and preserve his residence as a landmark. The reception is open to the public. Please contact Pathfinders Travel at 215-975-9950 for reservations.
In the coming months, the Pathfinders Travel Save African American Historical Sites campaign will also visit Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Baltimore and San Francisco. As in Philadelphia, in each city, an historical site will be selected and a fund raising reception held in its honor. For more information about the Save African American Historical Sites campaign, please contact Pathfinders Travel at 215-975-9950.
The Pathfinders Travel Save African American Historical sites campaign is co-sponsored by Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts, an upscale quality-hotel chain with 21 properties throughout the nation.
Pathfinders Travel is a media group which provides travel information for people of color through travel writing, Pathfinders Travel Radio Program and Pathfinders Travel Magazine. Pathfinders Travel Magazine is a quarterly publication that reflects the lifestyle and values of people of color. The images in Pathfinders Travel Magazine reflect the diversity of African Americans and its content provides an entertaining and intriguing focus on issues and destinations relevant to the ethnic experience. For subscription information, call toll free 877-977-PATH, or visit Pathfinders Travel Magazine on the web at www. pathfinderstravel. com.