Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival canceled

SEAFORD — The head of the Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival this week formally confirmed its silver anniversary event is canceled, due to health concerns and economic climate impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It has been rescheduled for August 2021. This marks the first cancellation in AFRAM’s 24-year history. “I have never in the history of […]

Black history in the spotlight at CHEER

GEORGETOWN – CHEER Inc. capitalized an extra Leap Year day in February with a Black History Month grand finale Feb. 29 that saluted the impact and contributions of black history culture on local communities, America and the world. The Feb. 29 Black History Culture Day program featured presentations on the famed Tuskegee Airmen and the […]

Simmons blazes her own trail as Dover firefighter

DOVER — Trailblazer? Nah. Deana Simmons says she’s just a proud member of an extended family whose members happily volunteer their time to help keep the Dover Fire Department rolling along. However, the 26-year-old Dover resident’s resume begs to differ. She wears many hats, and her passion and dedication to her work recently helped her […]

Sussex schools remember Rosedale with jazz performance

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Central High School’s Take Two Drama Club will present “A Black History Month Celebration of Jazz: A Tribute to the Rosedale” on Tuesday,. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at SCHS. Paying homage to the Rosedale Hotel — a legendary performing venue for some of the greatest performers of the last […]

Blunt Rochester talks black history with Milford students

MILFORD — There’s power in writing, U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester told students at Banneker Elementary School Tuesday. “Writing is so important. You can write your own history,” she said to a group of fourth-grade students. “You can start your own history book about your life.” The thread of writing as power wove through Rep. […]

Biggs exhibit shows a slice of African-American life

DOVER — In conjunction with Dover’s Citywide Black History Celebration, the Biggs Museum of American Art is presenting a series of art installations by Delaware State University fine arts professor Billy Colbert. His exhibition entitled “Lessons: An Exhibition By Billy Colbert” incorporates rare historic video and photographs of African-American life in the United States in […]

Commentary: Delaware has its own black history figures

By Carlos Holmes Every year in February, the natural approach to Black History Month is to highlight the African American stories and accomplishments of national importance — giants of the past and present who are renowned from the East to the West Coast. While such figures as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall […]

Dover’s Citywide Black History Celebration focuses on Delaware’s history

DOVER — The Citywide Black History Celebration returns to the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center at 39 S. West St. in Dover this weekend with the themed event “Delaware’s Minority Education before Integration.” Free tickets are still available and required for admission as seating as limited. There will be three performance times: Friday at 7 p.m. […]

CHEER Black History Culture Day grows in magnitude

GEORGETOWN – A celebration of Black History Month will culminate Saturday, Feb. 29 with CHEER Inc.’s Black History Culture Day, highlighting African-American cultural contributions locally and to America. The free four-hour event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The staging venue is the CHEER Community Center on Sand Hill Road in Georgetown. Previous […]

Local legends: DSU to kick off Citywide Black History Month tonight

DOVER — National figures in black history have regularly been celebrated during the Citywide Black History Month Kickoff Program at Delaware State University. Carlos Holmes, spokesman for the university, said that with so many remarkable black individuals in the area that was bound to change — and will — for this year’s celebration. Delaware State […]