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Kate Smith;  After decades Flyers Condemn Good Luck Charm

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS RUINING OUR COUNTRY—The statue of Kate Smith, located outside XFINITY Live in South Philadelphia was covered over with a black cloth and
tied down with a rope earlier today, April 19.  Smith has been known as a good luck charm for Philadelphia Flyers since 1969. The Flyers will no longer use her rendition of "God Bless America" amid allegations that some of Smith's past lyrics were racist, according to nbcphiladelphia.com

The Flyers are not the only organization to take this action. Yesterday, Thursday,  April 18 the New York Yankees suspended the use of her recording while they investigate Smith's past, including her 1939 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born." The song originated in the 1931 Broadway revue "George White's Scandals," and was considered satire. It was recorded by Smith and also by Paul Robeson, who was black.

“We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization," a Flyers spokesman said. "As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith’s recording of 'God Bless America’ from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.”

Smith died in 1986 at the age of 79. The First Lady of Radio, was an American singer, a contralto, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". She had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s, according to Wikipedia. 


Kate Smith from the Flyers vs Bruins Stanley Cup Playoffs May 19th, 1974

CONSOLIDATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS...MAYBE!--The Cherry Hill Patch is reporting there are 19 Camden County public school districts remain among 274 districts statewide that are under consideration for consolidation under a proposal together by a panel convened by Senate President Stephen Sweeney to study tax and fiscal policy.

The Camden County school districts under consideration include:

  • Barrington Boro, Camden
  • Bellmawr Boro, Camden
  • Berlin Boro, Camden
  • Berlin Twp, Camden
  • Brooklawn Boro, Camden
  • Clementon Boro, Camden
  • Gibbsboro Boro, Camden
  • Gloucester Twp, Camden
  • Laurel Springs Boro, Camden
  • Lawnside Boro, Camden
  • Magnolia Boro, Camden
  • Merchantville Boro, Camden
  • Mount Ephraim Boro, Camden
  • Runnemede Boro, Camden
  • Somerdale Boro, Camden
  • Stratford Boro, Camden
  • Oaklyn, Camden
  • Voorhees Twp, Camden
  • Waterford Twp, Camden
  • Woodlynne Boro, Camden

Sweeney, speaking to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association on Tuesday, said he had one goal in mind: Avoiding raising taxes. (source Cherry Hill Patch)

ALUMNI HALL OF FAME UPDATE-We contacted Gloucester High School earlier this week regarding the winners of this year's Distinguished Hall of Fame Alumni and was told that they would get back to us with their names. As of today, we are still waiting for that information. The deadline for nominating a candidate was March 29.  GHS Screen Shot 2017-09-17 at 12.34.37principal Sean Gorman said, "This year's ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22nd at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  We always hold this event during our "Academic Awards Night" for our current students.  We feel that it is very powerful/impactful for our current students to hear directly from these individuals who have gone on to accomplish so much after having walked the same hallways and communities as they are currently.  It is always one of my favorite nights of the year."  

Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame:  

Academic Achievement Award (newly established in spring of 2018): 


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published gloucestercitynews.net | April 19, 2019