Judith Rodin, president emerita of the University of Pennsylvania,
scholar, author, teacher, catalyst for neighborhood change, and
builder of bridges among people of all backgrounds.
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William J. Marrazzo,
chair of The Philadelphia Award Trustees, presents Judith Rodin
with the Philadelphia Award medal.
Keynote Speaker The
Honorable Marc H. Morial.
Judith Rodin addresses
friends, family and colleagues, including politicians, educators,
business and cultural leaders, in the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
University of Pennsylvania Partnership School in West Philadelphia.
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WHYY TO BROADCAST THE
83RD PHILADELPHIA AWARD
HONORING JUDITH RODIN
WHYY will broadcast on
Wednesday, November 10 at 10:30 p.m., The 83rd Philadelphia Award
ceremony honoring Judith Rodin, a trailblazer in higher and public
education. THE PHILADELPHIA AWARD 2003 features Rodin, president
emerita of the University of Pennsylvania, scholar, author, teacher,
catalyst for neighborhood change, and builder of bridges among
people of all backgrounds, accepting the award in September at
the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania
Partnership School in West Philadelphia, known as the Sadie school
to its students.
The program also features
archival footage and background information on previous Philadelphia
Award winners, including Marian Anderson, Samuel S. Fels, Louis
I. Kahn and Willard G. Rouse, III. The prestigious award is presented
to a citizen of the region who has done the most to “advance the
best and largest interest” of the community. Rodin, president-designate
of The Rockefeller Foundation, was recognized for advancing a
multitude of initiatives that have positively impacted Penn, the
surrounding neighborhood and the entire Philadelphia region.
Rodin’s friends, family
and colleagues, including politicians, educators, business and
cultural leaders, gathered in the Sadie school to help celebrate
her achievement. The school, the centerpiece of Rodin’s commitment
to improving the learning environment in neighborhood schools,
provides students with a high-caliber education in a state-of
the-art setting. It has been hailed as the “gold standard” by
the national association of independent colleges and universities
for bringing the most effective, research-proven educational practices
into the classroom.
Keynote Speaker The Honorable
Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League,
and former Louisiana state senator, mayor of New Orleans and president
of the United States Conference of Mayors, compared Rodin to African-American
lawyer and civil rights activist Sadie Alexander, for whom the
elementary school is named, calling both women pioneers, and visionaries
of great courage. Morial also likened Rodin’s commitment to revitalize
the community of West Philadelphia to the courage demonstrated
by the biblical figure Judith, who saved her city from an invading
William J. Marrazzo, chair
of The Philadelphia Award Trustees, spoke of Rodin’s passion for
her post at Penn and for the residents of West Philadelphia.
Upon accepting The Philadelphia
Award medal and $25,000 honorarium, which she is donating to a
number of Penn-affiliated organizations in West Philadelphia,
Rodin reminded the audiences that at the beginning of her tenure
at Penn, many of her revolutionary ideas were greeted with skepticism.
“We refused to yield to cynicism, and today this school [Sadie
Tanner Mossell Alexander], and other partnership schools throughout
West Philadelphia, have become a national model for revitalizing
Rodin joins a prestigious
group of distinguished leaders who have won The Philadelphia Award,
established in 1921 to honor the achievements of the men and women
of Philadelphia, from many walks of life, who, while not pursing
greatness, have achieved great things. Last year’s winner was
author Lorene Cary.
This program was produced
by WHYY-TV. Trudi Brown is executive producer and Ed Cunningham
Funding for THE PHILADELPHIA
AWARD was provided by Edward W. Bok Trust Fund.
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