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Mayor Nutter Councilwoman Blackwell to Raise Flag at Drexel Honoring Martin Luther King Jr

May 5, 2008

Mayor Nutter, Councilwoman Blackwell to Raise Flag at Drexel Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
What: Mayor Michael Nutter and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell will help raise a flag on Drexel University’s campus honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The flag, created in 1997 by Joseph T. Finn, president of Automated Builders Consortium Foundation (ABC Foundation), represents King’s mission of peace, love and brotherhood. The flag flies in Atlantic City, N.J., and Finn plans to fly it in cities nationwide.

Drexel President Constantine Papadakis was presented the flag when he received a West Philadelphia YMCA Signature Service Award in October.

Philadelphia-based ABC Foundation, which dispenses funding for affordable housing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, flies the flag to promote King’s mission and as a symbol of “new jobs, new homes and new lives,” said Ivory Anthony Jones, founder and chairman of ABC Foundation.

Visuals: • Nutter, Blackwell, joining Jones and Carl “Tobey” Oxholm III, Drexel executive vice president and chief of staff, in raising the flag • Presentation of a Martin Luther King flag to Nutter • Remarks on the origin and meaning of the flag

When: Tuesday, May 6, from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Where: Pearlstein Gallery in Drexel’s Nesbitt Hall, 33rd and Market streets

Editor’s note: Flag will be raised adjacent to the “Drexel University” sign on the island at 32nd and Market streets (just south of Firestone) at 3:30 p.m.


News media contact: Brian Rossiter, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or

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