Its residents are 44.1 percent black, 35.8 percent white, 13.6 percent Latino and 7.2 percent Asian. The highest concentration 82% of African American Philadelphians live in North Philadelphia west of Germantown Avenue, Point Breeze in South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia and parts of Southwest Philadelphia. He was a prominent figure in the Philadelphia civil rights movement at a time when African Americans Philadelphia's population was steadily growing, but practices of racial discrimination continued to prevail. After being appointed commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission in 1978 and managing director of Philadelphia in 1980, Goode ran in the 1983 election for mayor of Philadelphia.
The highest concentrations of native black people are found in Germantown, North Philadelphia east of Germantown Avenue, the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia, parts of Southwest Philadelphia and West Philadelphia. Philadelphia has been a major Puerto Rican destination since the 1950s, although migration to the city has increased and now Philadelphia has one of the fastest growing Puerto Rican populations in the country. In 1985, Goode also incurred the negative ramifications of the Philadelphia police attack on a fortified home in West Philadelphia occupied by the MOVE Organization, which ended up burning down more than sixty adjacent houses. Irish immigrants and Irish Americans are associated in neighborhoods in North and Northeast Philadelphia, including Fishtown, Kensington, Mayfair, Frankford, Port Richmond, Holmesburg, Harrowgate and Juniata, as well as Devil's Pocket, Whitman, Gray's Ferry and particularly Pennsport in South Philadelphia.
From 1790 to 1800, Philadelphia served as the country's temporary capital, and Philadelphia was left with the largest population (approximately 50,000 people) in the early 19th century. Hatred of newly arrived Irish Catholic immigrants culminated in the bloody anti-Irish and anti-Catholic riot in Nativist Philadelphia of 1844 and fueled the rise of the Know Nothing Party in Philadelphia. Italian and Irish immigrants and their children in South Philadelphia also revived, altered and continued Philadelphia's tradition of the Mummer Parade. Although Italians in Philadelphia would experience high levels of discrimination and prejudice (including intense repression), Italians in Philadelphia also significantly altered the culture and cuisine of the city, creating the Italian market, steak and cheese, sandwich and water ice cream, and introducing pizza and other cuisine Italian to the city.
Follow The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia on Instagram Follow Backgrounders on Twitter Like The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia on Facebook. Richard Allen, born in Philadelphia as a slave in 1760, used his role as a Methodist religious leader to support abolitionism and help the growing African American community in Philadelphia from the 1780s to the 1830s.