Program Schedule Thursday, November 5th “Voices from the Inside”
Thursdays at 11:00 AM
Call in Number: 267-527-1680
- Mental Health in the Prison System with Representative Bishop (215) 879-6625 and McClinton (215) 748-6712
- 11:15am – 11:45am
- County Prison Issues with Representative Bullock (215) 684-3738
Louise Williams Bishop was born in Cairo, Georgia. At the age of 15, Bishop moved to Philadelphia where she graduated from West Philadelphia High School. She obtained her professional degree in radio broadcasting, a male-dominated industry, at the American Foundation of Dramatic Arts.
Bishop was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law from Easter University and Doctorate of Humanities from Monrovia College and was the recipient of the Richard Allen Hildebrand Award, the highest honor bestowed by the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Although originally drawn to the emerging field of television, she began her communications at WHAT radio as the youngest voice in radio. Moving to WDAS-AM/FM, she hosted “The Louise Bishop Program” for 49 years. The program was consistently one of the highest-rated programs at the station and was an institution in the Philadelphia media market.
Bishop participated in numerous social, civic and religious efforts using her microphone as a tool to advocate, inform and unite people. She also used her position to help resolve community issues such as gang violence. This allowed her to work with local leaders, activists, lawmakers, private sector leaders and national figures to deal with social injustice, politics, employment and other matters that impacted her audience.
She helped to train and guide — and later married — radio programming powerhouse Jimmy Bishop. Together they had four children: Todd, Tabb, Tamika and James Sr. During this time, Louise Williams Bishop helped to nurture the careers of numerous recording artists, including Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, as well as made the call to introduce Jerry Wexler and Atlantic Records to Aretha Franklin. Bishop also picked and predicted Aretha’s first hit “Never Loved Man” and co-wrote the O’Jays’ hit record “You and Me” with Bunny Sigler.
In 1978, Bishop became an ordained Evangelist by the Pennsylvania Baptist Association. Having just experienced a divorce, Bishop felt she could minister to those that went through similar heartache. Every Sunday she would minister to thousands of people across nine states. Bishop became a member and an associate minister of the Pinn Memorial Baptist Church, located in the Wynnefield section of the city, where she received the “Mother of the Year Award.”
One Sunday morning in 1987, a blind man whose wife had deserted him and their five young children called into Bishop’s radio show asking for help. She opened the microphone and asked the people of Philadelphia to respond and within five minutes the station’s managing director, among others, answered the call. This response piqued her interest in politics and the open legislative seat created by Chaka Fattah’s move to Congress.
Bishop was first elected to serve in the state House of Representatives in 1988 and has been re-elected to office 13 times by constituents in of the 192nd Legislative District. She serves on the Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. She is a former officer of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the Philadelphia Delegation.
Bishop has sponsored legislation to address a number of critical issues, including domestic violence, child protection, day care, mandatory drug treatment, education, health care and sarcoidosis. In her district, she sponsors an annual Spring Fling for young people and an annual Senior Expo, which brings services to older people.
With a keen interest in community development, she convinced Mercy Wellness Center and the University of Pennsylvania to establish a presence in the district. Bishop has worked with St. Joseph’s University and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary to expand their services into the surrounding community.
Bishop has worked to secure resources from state, city and private sources to develop business along urban corridors, especially along Lancaster Avenue between 52nd and 63rd streets. She has also supported the renovation of the Overbrook Train Station and new housing development in the Carroll Park Area.
Bishop has served in a supportive role for the Haddington Multi-Services Center for Older Adults, which serves approximately 5,000 members. She has been a part of anti-drug marches and has helped to fund town watch groups in her area while also participating in reading, mentoring and career programs throughout her legislative district. Bishop has also been an advocate for increased funding for and an upgrading of libraries.
State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop has dedicated her time to serving constituents in all parts of her district and in a wide variety of capacities. She has demonstrated care and compassion. She is devoted to a high degree of service and community outreach, and her staff is devoted to providing superior constituent services to people throughout the community.
Joanna McClinton, Esquire, took the oath of office to serve the people of the 191st Legislative District on Aug. 25, 2015 after winning a special election two weeks prior.
The election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives continues Rep. McClinton’s lifelong devotion to bettering the lives of others.
A lifelong resident of southwest Philadelphia and graduate of Grace Temple Christian Academy, she became active in the community while completing a two-year internship with the radio station WDAS. Later, she studied Political Science and Leadership in Global Understanding at La Salle University where she was a Dean’s List student, student leader and neighborhood tutor.
Immediately after graduating from LaSalle, she enrolled at Villanova University School of Law where she used her legal training to serve the public. She was an intern at Regional Housing Legal Services, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Defender Association of Philadelphia.
She was an assistant public defender for seven years. She became the assistant chief of the East Zone during her last year at the public defender’s office and helped attorneys with case preparation.
In 2013, Rep. McClinton combined her passion for the community and love of the law by becoming chief counsel to state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams. She worked behind the scenes in the senator’s Harrisburg and Philadelphia offices, developing policy and legislation. She also organized expungement fairs and public policy forums, and helped constituents with problems.
Rep. McClinton is active in the community.
She was a youth leader at her West Philadelphia home church, Open Door Mission for more than 10 years. As a youth ministry leader, she organized positive programs for children, mentoring them and reminding them that their dreams can come true. She is a volunteer with Outreach to Youth and Hands of Compassion American Sign Language Ministry. She was an elected Board Member of the La Salle University Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she helped initiate the Minority Alumni Advisory Group. She has served as the secretary of the Philadelphia Barrister’s Association, the city’s bar association of African American attorneys. Currently, she is the president of the La Salle University African American Alumni Association
State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 195th Legislative District in North and West Philadelphia. She won the seat in a special election held Aug. 11, 2015.
A lawyer and Temple alumna (2004), she previously served as special assistant to Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke and as the City Council research fellowship director. She joined Clarke’s office in January 2011 as his community and economic development coordinator. Before her work for the city, Bullock worked at a private law firm and for Philadelphia Community Legal Services, where she formed and advised nonprofit organizations, small businesses and community groups.
Rep. Bullock’s public service precedes her work in government. She has volunteered and served on several boards, task forces, and coalitions, including the Smith Memorial Playground, the Columbia North YMCA Advisory Board, West Philadelphia Child Care Network, and the Mayor’s Office of Community Service Advisory Board.
She and her husband, Otis Bullock, a lawyer and Temple alum as well, live a life of service in Strawberry Mansion, a community they are proud to call home.
Chief of Staff
Office of State Representative Leslie Acosta
197th Legislative District
511 West Courtland Street, Suite 197
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: (215) 457-5281
Fax: (215) 457-5285
1421 W. Susquehanna Avenue, Suite 197
Philadelphia, PA 19121
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