Recent years have seen sporadic controversies related to the question of whether Temple has lost its way and strayed from Conwell's original hopes and intentions.
This is a city of polarizing contrasts: a gleaming downtown of corporate offices subsidized by taxpayers while working class neighborhoods are neglected.
The protests show that immigration reform supporters are prepared to continue the battle until the House leadership puts the immigration bill up for a vote.
"If anything good is to come, this is the time to build a movement," said national NAACP spokesman Eric Wingerter this weekend as his organization gathered for its national convention.
"Governor Perry - listen up, Medicaid matters, no more cuts!" echoed through the streets here at a recent demonstration.
People at the rally. like most New Yorkers, seemed to agree that good jobs and good quality education for all are necessary steps to ending gun violence on the streets.
Footballs, dodge balls, and pumpkin pie were props used in some of the nationwide actions for fiscal fairness during the National Day of Action sponsored by the AFL-CIO and allies.
Atheists, secularists, and free thinkers have decided to come out with a new project: The Reason Rally. Organizers claim the event will be the largest secular rally in the history of the world.
Comedy Central talk-show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert duel for rally supremacy!