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 […]

Building bridges: State senator follows in footsteps of Black Delaware trailblazers

DOVER — Darius Brown feels the pressure of being one of Delaware’s first Black state senators every day. Prior to 2018, only two Black Delawareans had held a Senate seat: Herman Holloway from 1964-1994, and his successor, Margaret Rose Henry, from 1994-2018. Both were from the 2nd Senatorial District. In the most recent election, Delawareans […]

Building Bridges: Community activist promotes importance of conversation

REHOBOTH BEACH — Diaz Bonville looks at the world today and, with deep sadness, sees a nation — America the beautiful — divided by racial and social injustice. “My heart is broken that we had to get to this point,” said the 64-year-old resident of Rehoboth Beach. “I mean, I watch the news. I read […]

Building Bridges: New DelawareCAN executive director aims to reshape education system

DOVER — Daniel Walker has always had an interest in education policy and has long believed that education is the great equalizer — if done well. It was that interest that drew him to the Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now and its goal of giving voices to students and parents when policymakers come to decisions. […]

Building Bridges: Smyrna High student starts Black Student Union

SMYRNA — When Elise Sampson came into high school in 2018 with the goal of starting a Black Student Union, her motivation came from a place of love. “I definitely saw a racial divide amongst peers that wouldn’t be present to most people’s eye,” she said. “I thought that a BSU could really clear up […]

Building Bridges: Moore says Dr. King’s mantra still relevant today

This is the first in a series that profiles residents from around Delaware who are working to build bridges in the community by advocating for social justice, furthering racial equality, working toward reform policies and educating the public on the Black Lives Matter movement and other critical issues. DOVER — The current conversation around racial […]