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Delaware student’s quest to memorialize a lynching is inspiring

Rhonda Bryant is a national advocate for racial equity. Howard Stevenson is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. They lead an initiative called Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

On June 23, a historical marker will be dedicated in Prices Corner, Delaware, to memorialize the lynching of George White in 1903.

This long-overdue dedication, sponsored by the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus, Delaware Public Archives, Delaware Social Justice Remembrance Coalition, and Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), was sparked by the passion and actions of a young person.

Savannah Shepherd, a junior at Sanford High School, attended the opening of the National Memorial on Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

EJI spent years researching lynching victims across the United States, then erected the memorial to create a space to honor victims and their survivors — and to tell the truth about America’s legacy of genocide, slavery, lynching, and racial segregation. The organization’s hope was that memorializing this history would start a meaningful dialogue, build understanding, and spark healing.

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Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant, EdD is a national expert on child/youth development and education policy. She has worked for over 20 years as an advocate for fair policies and programming to benefit America's young people. Her passion is for the issues and needs of children of color, and she has dedicated her career to being a voice for racial equity for children in every setting – from the local community center to the highest levels of government. Dr. Bryant is the President/CEO of The Moriah Group, an international consulting firm that works with foundations, governmental entities, and national policy advocacy organizations to advance racial equity strategies that positively impact the lives of children and their families. In 2005, she was awarded a federal fellowship at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of HeadStart where she worked to improve early care and learning for the children of low-income and migrant workers. In 2013, Dr. Bryant was appointed as a Senior Policy Analyst for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The Ohio State University honored her in 2014 with the Mac A. Stewart Award for Distinguished Service for her work on African American males.

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