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African Americans

East Side Charter School

School is just getting underway for students across the First State, and one group is planning a special surprise for students.

For black students, having a teacher who looks like them can significantly improve the student’s chances of going to college, and not dropping out.

Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

Delaware’s Black Caucus now has its first official headquarters location in Wilmington. It’s State Representative Stephanie Bolden’s childhood home, which she donated to the group.

Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

Gov. John Carney is directing the state to create a uniform anti-discrimination policy.

Carney signed an Executive Order Wednesday mandating the policy be in place April 1st and include a single set of complaint procedures for state employees.

Dover’s Johnson Victrola Museum will be featuring some historic love songs in time for Valentine's Day.


On the night of January 23rd, 1977 – and for eight consecutive nights after – a TV mini-series based on the number 1 selling African American novel of all time – Roots – aired on ABC.

A Pew Research Center survey of voters after Election Day found that roughly 75% of African Americans expect race relations to worsen under a Trump administration.

James Morrison


A new study finds that where you’re arrested and whether you’re detained pretrial changes your likelihood of a prison sentence. And both of these factors could be contributing to higher incarceration rates for African Americans in the First State.

Courtesy of the Delaware Historical Society


The August Quarterly – an important annual event for African Americans – starts this weekend.

via New Castle County Police Department

Sadness, anger and a motivation to inspire change encapsulate the mood of local African American leaders in Wilmington in the wake of this week’s fatal shootings of two black men by police and Thursday night’s attack in Dallas that killed five police officers.