Videos: Delaware State News’ African American history events

DOVER – In February, the Delaware State News partnered with community organizations on the second annual Citywide Black History Celebration. The accompanying video, above, includes highlights of the African American History Live performance at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center in downtown Dover. The Sankofa Steel Drum Ensemble were among the featured performers. The event also […]

Community reflects on late Smyrna mayor Wright’s legacy

SMYRNA — In 1981, Delaware elected its first African-American mayor, George C. Wright Jr., to the town of Smyrna. Only 20 years before, David Buckson, who was the attorney general of Delaware in the 1960s, reportedly called race relations in Smyrna “the worst in the state.’’ Mr. Wright died on Dec. 21, at the age […]

COMMENTARY: Educating African Americans about end-of-life issues

As we celebrate Black History Month, one of our goals should be to change the history of African-Americans like my father enduring needless suffering when we die because we don’t prepare for the inevitable end of life. When my father’s cancer came out of remission in 2010, he declined in a matter of months. I […]

Lake Forest’s Harden carries giving spirit

FELTON — From mentoring young students in the Lake Forest School District to volunteering with a local food bank in Felton, 17-year-old Elle Harden has made an impression on people of all ages throughout Kent County. One of those people is his world history teacher, Karen Williams, at Lake Forest High School. “He’s just one […]

African-American artists draw inspiration at Biggs Museum

DOVER — Ryan Grover had always envisioned having an abundance of African-American artists from Kent County display their work at The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. “The museum is community-based and we like to have the walls here reflect our community as best as we possibly can,” said Mr. Grover, curator of the […]

Dover High senior lauded for leadership

DOVER — At 18 years old, Dion Baker likely has a busier schedule than most grown adults. A senior at Dover High School, Dion plays three sports (cross country, track and field and swimming), is a member of the marching and concert bands, serves as a peer mentor for younger students at his school, and […]

Black history events spotlight area students

DOVER — Reaching young people is a goal for organizers of upcoming events to celebrate black history. One way to achieve that mission is to include more young people in the festivities. The second annual Citywide Black History Celebration will do that, with teenagers from Kent County and college students from Delaware State University playing […]

Positively Dover ‘African American Festival’

 

Star Hill Church Museum’s future uncertain

DOVER – The historic Star Hill Church Museum, which is listed in the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program, might be nearing its final destination. Lucreatia Wilson, director of the museum, will soon be leaving Delaware to be closer to family in Utah, which could put the future of the facility in […]

COMMENTARY: Fighting the good fight for civil rights in US

Recently, I had the opportunity to read Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s 1992 memoir entitled “In My Place.” I had been aware of her book for some time, and was excited to finally getting around to reading it. Turning page after page, I felt myself being pulled deeper into the story. As the events took place in the […]