Celebrating Black History Month in Delaware County

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Released: February 23, 2024

Celebrating Black History Month in Delaware County

The County's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office and County partners hosted a Black History Month celebration on February 23 at the Government Center in Media to honor the significant contributions of the Black community in Delaware County.

The event spotlighted the achievements of local Black leaders and Delaware County team members, featuring their contributions to our community. The celebration included an array of artwork from students from Ridley High School and Sun Valley High School and various performances, embracing this year's Black History Month theme—African Americans and the Arts.

During the celebration, Senator Anthony Hardy Williams presented a citation from the Pennsylvania State Senate recognizing Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor and Council Vice Chair Richard Womack for contributing to African American history in Delaware County. For the first time in Delaware County’s history, two people of color serve as Chair and Vice Chair of Delaware County Council.

The celebration also recognized the accomplishments of several Black Americans in our county who work to create a more equal and just society and who work to preserve and celebrate Black History. Council presented resolutions to:

  • Constable Letitia Ockimey
  • Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Atinuke B. Moss
  • Director of Delaware County’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs COL. Arthur Jenkins
  • Dr. Rodney Bradley
  • Mayor of the City of Chester Stephan Roots
  • Members of the Delaware County Black Caucus
  • Mr. James Turner
  • Rev. Alexis Washington
  • Widener University Professor Dr. Marina Barnett

Congratulations on this very worthy recognition!

Video from the celebration can be found here: https://www.delcopa.gov/publicrelations/releases/2024/dccelebratesbhm.html

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