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Introducing The Mitchell Awards

Thank you to everyone who attended the inaugural Mitchell Awards event. 

Delaware Business Times, Delaware Today, and Delaware State University are partnering to recognize individuals in the First State who are demonstrating leadership and success in the important areas of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice.

The Mitchell Awards, named for civil rights pioneers Littleton and Jane Mitchell will showcase 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, abilities or background.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Harry Williams President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 

Congratulations to the Mitchell Award Honorees!

Reba Hollingsworth

Growing up in a segregated Delaware, Reba Hollingsworth spent a lifetime in public education and became a leader for the Delaware Heritage Commission, the state NAACP, and the African American Historical Society.

Fayetta Blake

The founder and executive director of Pathways to Success, a Georgetown-based nonprofit that helps at-risk children to finish their education and become career-ready, Fayetta Blake first led a barrier-breaking career in financial services.

Drew Fennell & Lisa Goodman

Drew Fennell and Lisa Goodman were the first couple to be joined in a civil union in Delaware in 2012, and the moment was a culmination of a lifetime of work by the two women for the civil rights and representation of the LGTBQ+ community in the First State.

Ernesto “Ernie” Lopez

Retired Republican State Sen. Ernesto “Ernie” Lopez made history as the first Hispanic American to serve in Delaware’s upper chamber when he was elected in 2012 and serving for a decade.

Sheila Bravo

The president and CEO of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), Sheila Bravo has spearheaded support for organizations statewide that push for greater DEI&J representation.

The Twin Poets (Al Mills & Nnamdi Chukwuocha)

Brothers Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha are also known as The Twin Poets, a spoken word duo that has earned acclaim as the state’s former poet laureates who have performed throughout the country.

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