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Celebrating A Legacy

In 2017, YWCA Delaware celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at events across Wilmington, including our 2nd annual MLK Communication Contest presented in partnership with Christ Church Christiana Hundred held on Sunday, January 15th. This event was an opportunity for our youth to be heard as they reflected on and shared with their community how Dr. King's message of social change through nonviolence speaks to their hopes and dreams. The top 3 presentations were:
1. Tyrek Traylor
Conrad Schools of Science (Grade 12)
2. Nana Ohemaa Asante
Charter School of Wilmington (Grade 12)
3. Madison Washington
Cab Calloway School of Performing Arts (Grade 9)

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, YWCA Youth Advisors facilitated workshops on self-awareness, embracing diversity and the importance of activism at the “Continuing the Legacy” event hosted by TeenSHARP at the Kingswood Community Center. Over 150 middle and high school students were in attendance learning about the life and times of Dr. King. Students had the opportunity to study and recite one of Dr. King’s speeches/sermons “The Drum Major Instinct” and recognize how it relates to us today.

Also that day, our Director of Racial Justice & Social Advocacy marched in solidarity with over 200 Wilmington residents and advocates through West Center City at the 2017 MLK Peace March and Celebration, which was organized by West Side Grows and the Wilmington Peacekeepers.