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Mitchell Awards returns to honor those catalyzing change

Katie Tabeling

The Delaware Business Times is pleased to announce the return of the Mitchell Awards to honor and celebrate those who demonstrate leadership and advocacy in building bridges in the First State.

Applications are now being accepted for the Mitchell Awards, named for the late Delaware civil rights pioneers Littleton and Jane Mitchell, showcasing those who are championing efforts to educate, inspire and impact communities across the state in an effort to improve opportunities for all, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or background.

Honorees will be activists, non-profit leaders or other public servants that have catalyzed change in Delaware. In its inaugural year, the Mitchell Awards honored lifelong educator and Black historian Reba Hollingsworth, youth development advocate Fayetta Blake, nonprofit leader Sheila Bravo, barrier-breaking Latino former State Sen. Ernie Lopez, LGBTQ+ advocates Drew Fennella and Lisa Goodman, and first Black Delaware poet laureates Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha.

“Too often, people across Delaware and our nation talk about our differences and often forget what brings us together. We hope to shine a light on those who are working to advocate for others in our communities and inspire other Delawareans to make a difference in our small state,” Delaware Business Times Editor Katie Tabeling said.

The annual awards program will recognize a handful of advocates with coverage in an upcoming edition of the Delaware Business Times. Honorees will also be celebrated at an event at the White Clay Creek Country Club to be held Oct. 17.

Nominations and applicants are asked to apply by June 14.

For more information, visit delawarebusinesstimes.com/mitchellawards/

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