The University of Delaware is taking part in the Unequal Justice in Delaware panel discussion on Saturday, October 17, from 1:00-3:00pm over Zoom. (A link to the Zoom registration can be found here.)
The abolition of slavery did not bring an end to anti-Black violence, nor did it foster equality in civil rights, and as a result, Black Delawareans have continued to fight for justice for centuries. Between 1861 and 1903, three documented instances of violent racial terror reshaped Delaware's landscape. These atrocities merit a reexamination of Delaware's Civil War history, its status as a Union state during Reconstruction, and its modern legacy of slavery and social justice. Join our distinguished panelists as they discuss their research on this important topic in Delaware history, and their interest in developing an education public history venture in the coming months called the Unequal Justice in Delaware project.
- Dr. James Jones - the Trustees' Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Black American Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity at the University of Delaware
- Savannah Shepherd - a student at Swarthmore College and a social justice activist. Savannah founded the Delaware Social Justice Remembrance Coalition (DSJRC).
- Dr. Yohuru Williams - an education activist, professor of history, and dean at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota
- Alonna Berry - founder and Chairwoman of the Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence, currently responsible for leading Governor Carney's Executive Order 24 to make Delaware a Trauma-Informed State, supported through the Family Services Cabinet Council.
The Unequal Justice project is a partnership with the University of Delaware, Delaware Historical Society's Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, Delaware State University, and the Delaware Social Justice Remembrance Coalition. Additional information about the initiative can be found here
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