The path to equality for all

DOVER — There was plenty to reflect on at the Dover Library late Saturday morning. A 150-member audience first listened with rapt attention to Dr. Reba Ross Hollingsworth’s 70-minute presentation on segregation and desegregation during the middle of the 20th century. A 35-minute question and answer session with the 93-year-old educator followed, with some inspired […]

Sussex Central High School’s drama club staging Aretha Franklin tribute

GEORGETOWN — Sussex Central High School’s drama program will pay tribute to “The Queen of Soul.” The Take Two Drama Club on Wednesday, Feb. 20 will present “A Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” focusing on the life and incredible body of work of the amazing singer who passed away in August 2018. Created and performed by […]

Dover program informs public on African Americans in Civil War

DOVER — “You don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you came from” is a notion that Kathy Trusty lives by. “If you don’t know your history, you can easily repeat it,” Ms. Trusty said. “Segregation and Jim Crow wasn’t too long ago. If people don’t know about their history, they can […]

‘Traveling Africa’ exhibit details adventures by locals

DOVER — The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover will examine ways that Americans record and relate to Africa with its newest exhibition titled “Traveling Africa.” Part of Dover’s annual Citywide Black History Celebration, the exhibition will run until March 24. It includes travel photography of memorable moments on the continent, as well as […]

Dover program celebrates African people, traditions

DOVER — While the continent of Africa lies more than 8,000 miles from the United States, it offers an undeniably huge contribution to black culture that exists here today. That’s why former State Rep. Don Blakey says it’s so important for African Americans to remember and celebrate the lineage of people and traditions that come […]

Best Bets: History of Rosedale Beach to be explored Saturday

Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder … The names are part of a who’s who list of legendary African-American entertainers. Those greats and many more presided at the Rosedale Beach Hotel near Millsboro back in the pre-integration era of the 20th century. While there were few places for people of color […]

Twin Poets give voice to social justice

DOVER — Once one understands the vocations and livelihood passions of The Twin Poets, the sources of their spoken word creations are no mystery. On stage, the identical twin duo of Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha use the power of poetry and spoken word to fixate their listening audience on the challenges facing urban America […]

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 […]