Building bridges: Wilmington man helps ex-convicts as they reenter society

WILMINGTON — Haneef Salaam spent the early years of his adulthood in and out of prison, first for drug distribution, then for probation violations that landed him back in jail multiple times. Being a young Black man from the Southbridge area of Wilmington during the crack epidemic, the odds were already stacked against him. Poverty […]

Building Bridges: Markell turns to songwriting, focusing on social justice

DOVER — Governors do a lot of different things after leaving office. Mike Castle and Tom Carper went to Congress. Pete du Pont ran for president. Jack Markell biked across the country and wrote music. Wait, what? Mr. Markell, who served as governor of Delaware from 2009-17, announced the release of his first song last […]

Building Bridges: Women’s March in Sussex going strong

LEWES — An initiative born in January 2017 that supports human rights and equality remains on the march in Downstate Delaware. And it has experienced growth. In 3½ years, Women’s March Sussex-Delaware has gone from the historic march in Washington, D.C., to an active grass roots social justice collective of Sussex County women and allies […]

Building Bridges: Shooting victim’s sister seeks justice and systemic change

WILMINGTON — Keandra McDole had just clocked into her shift at Rite Aid when her phone started ringing. She checked Facebook and saw her brother’s name. “RIP Jeremy,” she remembers reading. ‘They didn’t have to do Bam Bam like that.’ She asked her manager if she could step out, then got a call from her […]

Building Bridges: Fullman aims to ‘close the gap’ of generational discrimination

WILMINGTON — As director of the Delaware Division of Human Relations, Romona Fullman helps people who’ve reported instances of discrimination in housing and public accommodations. She said people facing discrimination are often weary from continuously fighting unfair treatment for much of their lives. Ms. Fullman said she and the Division of Human Relations aim to […]

Building Bridges: Amillion the Poet hopes to heal through music

DOVER — In Amillion Mayfield’s mind, there are two pandemics going on. There’s the global health pandemic, which has claimed more than 130,000 lives in the United States alone but there’s also the pandemic of civil unrest. That became clear to Mr. Mayfield, aka Amillion the Poet, the Dover hip-hop artist who has performed throughout […]

Building Bridges: Superintendent focuses on promoting educational equity

EDITOR’S NOTE: This series is another collaboration between the Delaware State News and Delaware Public Media. Dorrell Green started to picture himself as an educator when he was in high school. It was all because of one teacher — Mrs. Caldwell.“She was an advocate and someone who stood up for me and demonstrated just a […]

Building Bridges: Lewes woman declares ‘enough is enough,’ advocates for racial justice

LEWES — Charlotte King, chairwoman of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, has always noticed the ways racism affected her life as a Black woman. “I was always aware of it. There were enough microaggressions, some of which I just absorbed, which certainly didn’t add to my feelings of worth,” the 82-year-old Lewes woman […]

Building bridges: DSU president aims to reduce barriers on campus and beyond

DOVER — Equity, said Tony Allen, is in the DNA of Delaware State University. “Thinking about how we reduce barriers for student success and then making sure that, when we do that, we’re also bringing that beyond the campus walls becomes critically important to us,” he said. Dr. Allen, who began his tenure as president […]

Building Bridges: The Rev. Paige lives to inspire equality

DOVER — Substance of speech has always been one of Rev. Rita Mishoe Paige’s greatest assets when it comes to working for racial equality and social justice for African Americans — of course, her wise mind has had a lot to do with it as well. Rev. Paige remembers those days back in school when […]