Remembering Board Member, Friend, and Accomplice, Linda Waters Richardson
May her memory be a Blessing and may she Rest in Power
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Linda Richardson's transition, a board member of the Folklore Project. Richardson passed away suddenly on Monday, November 2, 2020, but she will live on in the hearts and minds of so many, including her loving and devoted family as well as her North Philadelphia community.
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A visionary on every level, Richardson was an extraordinary convener, organizer, and giver to her family and the community at large. Her lifelong passion for funneling resources into North Philadelphia's Black community led her to become the force behind the revitalization of North Philadelphia’s historic Uptown Theater. For the past three decades, she focused her work and advocacy on restoring the ‘20s era concert hall on North Broad as part of holistic revitalization efforts for the neighborhood that included the Black community at every level. In addition to preserving the place based history of the venue, Richardson's vision included creating a home for independent artists to take control of their careers and housing a community driven FM radio station. The theater is also slated to become a Center, offering comprehensive social and educational services by and for the community. As the founder of the Black United Fund, she further cemented her impact on the African American cultural legacy of Philadelphia. Richardson’s accomplishments were so powerful that they garnered the attention of Allener Baker-Rogers and Fasaha Traylor, who featured her in their book, They Carried Us, which documents “Philadelphia’s fiercest black women leaders.”
We are grateful for the incredible service and leadership Richardson provided to the Folklore Project and for her unbridled support over the decades. We will continue to honor her legacy in her transition by supporting the incredible community empowerment causes she held so dear.
There will be a celebration of her life on November 21, 2020, at 4 PM on the 2200 block of North Broad Street. Meet us at the Uptown.