When some people envision Philly, negative thoughts fill their mind. For some, the word “Philly” reminds them of violence, poverty, corruption, and failure. However, I want to share another perspective. I want to tell the world why I am proud to be from Philly.

Taking a deeper look at the history of Philadelphia, in particular that incredible people that were born here, I want to show all the greatness and positivity that has come from my city, my home. Kobe Bryant, Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kevin Hart. These are just four of the many individuals that make me proud to be from Philly. Kobe, born in Philly in 1978, is one of the best basketball players ever. Will Smith, born in Philly in 1968, is one of the most accomplished rappers and actors of all time. DJ Jazzy Jeff, born in Philly in 1965, rose to fame as a record producer and for his collaboration with Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Finally, Kevin Hart, born in Philly in 1979, is the funniest man on earth – hands down!

Let’s take it waaaaay back. Philadelphia was founded on October 27, 1682, by William Penn in the English Crown Province of Pennsylvania between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. William Penn is the first Philadelphian and also one of the most important. He fought for democracy and religious freedom, and also successfully and peacefully negotiated with the Native Americans. Here are some more facts. Philly is home to America’s first zoo, first hospital, and first university. It is the birthplace of the nation, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Liberty Bell. One unfortunate fact about Philadelphia, or Pennsylvania I should say, is that Punxsutawney Phil’s winter predictions are only accurate about 40% of the time! With all these facts about Philadelphia, I hope that all the negativity that some feel can be transformed into to admiration of this wonderful city, and the amazing people that come from here. I love my city, my home.

Written by: Milan Jennings, Rising 6th Grader at First Philadelphia Charter School.

  • 2-year PYB Collegiate Summer Camp Series Student-athlete. (2017 – CSCS Weeks 1 & 2 / 2018 – CSCS Week 1)