Not black enough: Some challenge Delaware Historical Society’s ability to interpret their history

Critics say the Delaware Historical Society cannot adequately tell the story of Delaware's African-Americans. The recent announcement that the society received a $1 million grant to establish an African-American Heritage Center on Market Street in downtown Wilmington has stirred the controversy. Former Wilmington Mayor Jim Sills said the society was a poor choice because it has already failed to properly portray the struggles of blacks in Delaware. "They have the capability to change," Sills said. "But in deciding on whether any group should have the responsibility of taking on a new … [Read more...]

UK basketball star Valerie Still authors book about her family’s history

More than 150 years before University of Kentucky basketball star Valerie Still and her brother, Art Still, an All-American football standout, were on campus, their ancestors lived and worked in the vicinity as slaves. The information came as a surprise to Valerie Still, the New Jersey native who is the UK women's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. And it enticed her to explore more about her family, which has a rich history in America dating back to the 1700s. Read more … [Read more...]

Families reconcile, heal a history of slavery

Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby live the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream every day. In his famous and oft-repeated “I Have a Dream” speech, given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in 1963, he spoke of a day when “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” For Baldwin and Kilby, that day was in 2007 on Jan. 15 — King’s birthday — and it wasn’t at a table but across cyberspace.  Read More … [Read more...]