Lion - Seven Lincoln Alumni Appointed to Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission

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Seven Lincoln University alumni have been appointed to the Mayor’s Commission of African American Males for the City of Philadelphia. The Commission, announced by Mayor Jim Kenney at an October 18, 2016 press conference, will study the varying and diverse conditions of Black men in Philadelphia and provide yearly reports of recommendations to the Mayor on how to affect positive outcomes for Black men and boys. 


Members of the commission meet in Philadelphia City Hall on January 16, 2017. Left to right: Wadell Ridley, Michael Robertson, Jack Drummond, Rafiq Al- Fareed, Isaiah Thomas, Marc Holly, Seitu Stephens. Not pictured: Greg Corbin.

The Commission will be managed by the Mayors’ Office of Black Male Engagement under the direction of Jack Drummond, a class of 2000 Lincoln University graduate. 

“While this commission is comprised of African American men, the diversity of their lives—age, sexual orientation, careers, and education—is strength and an asset to the city,” said Jack Drummond in the official press release announcing the Commission.

Of the 28 individuals appointed by the Mayor, the seven Lincoln University alumni are: Rafiq Diya Al-Fareed, who attended Lincoln from 1969 to 1972, but did not graduate from the institution, Gregory F. Corbin ’03, Marc R. Holley ’01, Wadell Ridley ’81, Seitu Stevens ’00, Michael Robertson ’02, and Isaiah Thomas ’11.

This story originally appeared in the Summer 2017 Lion.