Founders Tribute Continued
And So, the merchants are
depended on the residents of the community for their family's financial
survival, and in turn the merchants should become like the farmer. Merchants
must stake an interest in the land around them, (our community) and
assist in the moral and mental development of its residency, so that
they are able to be fruitful human beings. This is imperative for the
survival of all, year after year.
Mr. Muhammad was also founder
of the Showcase Community Services Inc. a non-profit organization established
in 1981, to build community support and interest in long term economic
development programs. Through Showcase he provided an array of services
to the resident community, aiding assistance in Legal Referrals, Counseling,
Advertising, Printing, Notary Public, and Religious Leadership, along
with providing administrative assistance to the senior citizens of the
community, he as a Historian lectured at local and regional Educational
Mr. Muhammad was a beacon
in the community, and the founder of the "Showcase Community
designed for and remains a true "voice of and educating the community."
The Showcase Community Newspaper, is the physical representation of
his vision. A sixteen page tabloid compiled of information that connects
the community as a whole, linked by Lancaster Avenue Business District,
communities of Mantua,
Powelton, Belmont, Mill Creek & Overbrook of the West Philadelphia
years before his demise. It was through this effort Mr. Muhammad contributed
the concept of communities connecting as one... through the original
design of the now recognize"Pieces of the Puzzle" housed by People's
Emergency Center-CDC... Through his contribution, and support in the
design of the newsletter and selected name... The Pieces of the Puzzle
was first introduced as an insert of the "SHOWCASE COMMUNITY NEWS"...
and was carried in the community news for a minimum of three years.
His legacy has left an impression touched by his grace. He talked,
walked, and lived his dream, to initiate and encourage development.
In addition to giving the
community a voice, Mr. Muhammad also recognized individuals within
communities, whose works of community rejuvenation often gone unrecognized.
He established an "Annual Showcase Everyday People Recognition
Awards Banquet," in which public recognition of these everyday
people doing extraordinary things, is acknowledged. This Annual
Event is still a major part of the current initiatives offered by
the Showcase Community Services Inc. in collaboration with the Lancaster
Avenue Business Association-CDC.
While Mr. Muhammad's physical
being is no longer with us, the spirit of his vision through the
of his wife, cultivating the seed her husband planted, is phenomenal
to say the least. Sister Aisamah Muhammad, resumed leadership,
recognized along the corridor and through the community as (Sister
Muhammad) continues to keep the torch of the community partnership
to build on the foundation her husband laid.
on Leadership Profile to learn more about Sister Muhammad)
In memory of the late Sheikh
Abdul Malik Muhammad, SIster Aisamah through the support of Councilwoman
Jannie Blackwell, and her community collaborative with the Murals
Arts Program of Philadelphia, placed a Mural Tribute in his honor
at the corner of 43rd & Lancaster Avenue, on the wall of the 4255
Lancaster Avenue the original location of the Showcase / LABA-CDC
offices, currently closed... At this location Mr. Muhammad transacted
many years of community service. Daily people from all around visit
the site, recalling services rendered, and reflecting on the man,
community leader, and friend, admiring his portrait.
Aisamah is seeking support for the LABA-CDC -Showcase Community
Newsletter, in respect
for "41" years contribution of Mr. Muhammad, as a major
fixture in this community. Currently to maintain its presence The
News is issued as a six page Newsletter, in support of the Showcase
Inc. / Lancaster Avenue Business Association Inc. inclusive initiative.
in public relations seeking to render support in the efforts of reinstating
the tabloid, are requested to submit your interest of participation
in writing to LABA-CDC-"Showcase Community News" Educating
the Communities... WE INVITE YOUR EXPERTISE... contact us
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
mail your interest to LABA-CDC-SHOWCASE COMMUNITY NEWS - 228 South
40th Street, Suite 31898.
SERVICES, PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES OF THE SHOWCASE INC./LABA-CDC
ARE MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH MEMBERSHIP PARTICIPATION, VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS,
INSTITUTIONS, GRANTS, PRIVATE DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIP FROM CARING
INDIVIDUALS LIKE YOU. YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED ...THANK-YOU
I WISH TO
CONTRIBUTE THE FOLLOWING AMOUNT
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