Case #937.0

The Philadelphia Anti-Drug Coalition

Publication Date: January 01, 1990
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A 1960s-style community activist returns to the Philadelphia of the 1980s to attempt to mobilize its black community to reject drugs and drug dealers. As Herman Wrice begins to organize all-night anti-drug vigils and other grassroots efforts, Philadelphia police must decide whether and how to help a growing organization at times given to harsh criticism of law enforcement. An eventual alliance leads to the creation of the Philadelphia anti-drug coalition. The group uses flamboyant symbols and methods to intimidate drug dealers and bring hope to beleaguered neighborhoods, though questions linger as to whether its effect depends too heavily on an individual leader.

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Case Author:
Kirsten Lundberg
Faculty Lead:
Mark Moore and Francis X. Hartmann
Pages (incl. exhibits):
United States
National Institute of Justice