On Feb. 5 Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn joined Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock during a public ceremony to declare February 2014 as African American History Month. The ceremony was held at the Delaware Public Archives and this year’s announcement was special because 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the monumental Brown v. Board of Education ruling that paved the way to integrate public schools in both Delaware and throughout the nation.
The keynote speakers for the event were Toriano Giddens, principal at William Henry Middle School, and Dr. Homer W. Minus, one of the pioneers of the desegregation movement in Delaware.
Shown is Denn with a proclamation signed by Denn and Gov. Jack Markell declaring February as African-American History Month. Denn read the highlights of the proclamation saying, “Much of Delaware’s honor, strength and stature can be attributed to the diversity of cultures and traditions that are celebrated by the residents of this great state. We take this opportunity to celebrate African American History Month, in honor of the many contributions African-Americans have made to the state of Delaware and our nation.”