Dover Human Relations Commission eyes greater responsibilities, broader presence

DOVER — David Anderson, Gerald Rocha Sr. and Roy Sudler Jr. each served on the city of Dover’s Human Relations Commission prior to being voted into their current roles as city councilmen. So, they know first-hand the inner workings of the Human Relations Commission and are working to make some changes and enhancements that would […]

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 […]

Racial equity task force hosts initial meeting

DOVER — A task force looking at issues Black Delawareans face held its first meeting Wednesday. The group, formed through legislation in June, aims to study structural and explicit racism in hopes of taking steps toward a more equitable society. It is broken up into four subcommittees: economic opportunity, health and welfare, safety and justice, […]

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: 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 […]

Caesar Rodney refines new equity and diversity coordinator position

CAMDEN — When determining the “vibe” for a coordinator of equity and diversity, Caesar Rodney School District administrators and school board members wanted to strike the balance between someone who could thoughtfully respond to students’ concerns and also be proactive for instilling celebration of diversity into the fabric of the district. “We want this to […]

Juneteenth gets greater observance amidst demands for racial justice

Sandy Clark already prepared a different type of Juneteenth celebration this year and then the anniversary took on an even deeper importance in the wake of international calls for racial justice and police reform. “Right now, we as African Americans, we are really going through something. COVID-19 already has been a real downer and we’re […]

CR high school students protest against racial injustice

CAMDEN — Though schools have been closed for months, a group of Caesar Rodney High School students returned to their campus Wednesday and gathered outside with signs in protest of racial injustice. “We have to keep doing it or we’re not going to be heard,” said Sanaa Watts, a recent graduate of the high school […]

Teacher-created video helps start conversation about race

From the Delaware Department of Education’s Facebook page and all the way to Japan, a video crafted by Delaware educators is opening the conversation for speaking to students in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a white police officer and as protests continue locally and nationally. “I think we all just […]

Justice For All Agenda aims to tackle police brutality, racial injustice

DOVER — A diverse, wide ranging group of statewide leaders banded together on the General Assembly steps Wednesday afternoon, vowing to increase law enforcement’s accountability while eradicating police brutality, systemic racial injustice and more. With George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis while in police custody sparking a seismic movement for change, momentum and unity are driving […]