Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters

Karen Asper-Jordan

Freedom Smitty


Freedom Tree

Freedom Tree


Mr. Richard Watson


The Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters, fought alongside prominent, courageous Philadelphia lawyer, Civil rights leader, Councilman, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President in the 60’s. On May 1, 1965 many young teens stood at the Walls of Girard College in the fight to desegregate the school, once designated by its founder, Mr. Stephen Girard, as a school for fatherless young white boys only. The landmark demonstration to desegregate Girard College, in the heart of North Philadelphia received tumultuous outpouring of support from around the tri-state area civic leaders, clergy, politicos, and the everyday men and women showed up teaming support for the cause as the campaign waged on throughout that summer, into the fall and early winter months of that year. As the fanfare of the opening day declarations simmered to the day to day of committed campaigners, it became evident that the battle lines had been drawn, and the terms and the “troops” had been defined. It eventually took 7 months and 17 days before the first 4 black boys were integrated and eventually other black girls. Today, almost 50 years later, the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters continue the fight to preserve the legacy of their great leader Cecil B. Moore, and to champion the cause for freedom in the city of Philadelphia.


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This website is dedicated to the men and women of the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters.  A relentless group of people who committed their lives to the sole purpose of equality and freedom throughout the streets of Philadelphia in the 60’s.  while some are deceased, some are inactive, and a remnant remain active in the North Philly neighborhood making appearances, singing the call and response songs of freedom and educating the next generation to stand up against injustices, and in improving and promoting North Philly Neighborhood through the living legacy of Cecil B. Moore in the city of Philadelphia

Vibrant members of the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters are; Mel Dorn, Eugene ‘Freedom Tree’ Dawkins’, Kenneth A. Salaam ‘Freedom Smitty’, Karen Asper-Jordan, Richard J. Watson, Deborah Mills Batchelor, and Bernyce C. Mills-DeVaughn.  Along with these honorary members Miranda Alexander and Gary R. Adams are ready to continue case for a better Philadelphia.