WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, February 24th at 6pm, civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Christopher Bullock will be hosting a free dinner for Delaware residents in honor of Black History Month, emceed by local Pastor Dale Dennis II of Hoyt Memorial CME. The event is sponsored by CPBD.
The pastors will be leading a discussion on the lack of diversity on Delaware's courts and its adverse effects on all of the state's residents. The discussion, at the Kingswood Community Center in Wilmington, will also focus on what can be done to "repair the institutional neglect of people of color in the Delaware," as Reverend Sharpton stated in his first advocacy visit to the state in October.
The dinner comes following the Delaware State Senate's denial of Reverend Al Sharpton the opportunity to testify on the issue of diversity in the state's judicial system at a Chancery Court Chancellor's nomination hearing. In the past several months, Reverend Sharpton has visited Delaware calling for progress on the issue and even penned a letter to leading law firm Skadden Arps calling for elite firms to do their part in advancing people of color in the legal industry. While people of color make up over 60% of Delaware's prison population, only four justices who serve on the three highest courts in Delaware are people of color.
Said Reverend Sharpton, "to say I was disappointed the Delaware State Senate would not even agree to hear testimony from myself on the matter of judicial diversity would be an understatement. But our voices cannot be silenced and I am excited to be joining my colleagues and fellow civil rights champions in the First State to celebrate Black History Month and rally around our cause: Delaware needs more black and brown judges and we need them now."
On Monday, February 24th at 6pm, civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Christopher Bullock will be hosting a free dinner for Delaware residents in honor of Black History Month, emceed by local Pastor Dale Dennis II of Hoyt Memorial CME.
- WHAT: Black History Month Celebration and Dinner in support of diversifying Delaware's judiciary
- WHO: Reverend Al Sharpton; Reverend Christopher Bullock; Rev. Dale Dennis II; Rev. Blaine Hackett; Rev. Alfred Parker; Bishop Albert Jarman, II; Archbishop Albert Jarman, Sr.; Bishop Steven; Bishop J.L. Carter; and over 200 Delawareans from across the state.
- WHEN: Monday, February 24th at 6pm
- WHERE: Kingswood Community Center, 2300 Bower Street, Wilmington, DE 19802
Contact: Mary Urban, [email protected]
SOURCE Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware