The “SANDRA M. CLARK COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” was created to honor persons who are making significant contributions to their community. The honoree selected should serve as an advocate for youth and their families who strives to make this world a better place.
On Saturday, June 20th, a Delaware Juneteenth Freedom caravan with vehicles garnered with decorations, signs and balloons. They also played music and honked horns while parading through the City of Wilmington. It became a very proud moment of celebration, recognizing African American freedom from slavery on June 19th ,1865.
On Friday, June 19th, a virtual uplifting, faith-filled observance was held by the Simpson United Methodist Church, where the Reverend Pearl Scott is the pastor. Again several elected officials, including our state Governor, John Carney joined with words of encouragement. Afterwhich, a panel discussion was held on African American mental trauma by professionals in the field.
On Monday, June 1, a virtual Juneteenth flag raising was presented, kicking off the 2020 Juneteenth celebration. Many prominent community advocates, public servants and previous year Juneteenth flag raising videos were streamed on social media. This activity was viewed by thousands around the nation.
On Friday, May 29th, 2020 we conducted a COVID-19 Donation Drive. Our youth and families collected toiletries. They were then sorted and packaged on the grounds of Simpson United Methodist Church in Belvedere, Delaware. The next day, our organization distributed over 150 personal care packages between the Sunday Breakfast Mission and the Route 9 Library daily food giveaway. It became the perfect opportunity to give back to our community.
On Saturday, May 2nd 2020, It became very important to continue with workshops for our youth and families, especially during these times of uncertainty. Because it’s been proven that African Americans are the most affected, we conducted a workshop on Mental Trauma. Afterwards, another workshop was conducted on Teen relationships and domestic violence.
In these changing times, DEJA has now found it necessary to adjust to this new norm. We are moving forward with innovative changes to our information dissemination component in our prevention programming. It will begin with Virtual Family Enrichment Program Sessions. We are inviting you to the first of many scheduled Zoom meetings. Please join us, whenever possible with the entire family. Our theme going forward will focus on COVID-19 as it relates to the African American Community i.e. Holistic healing in Healthcare, Family bonding, the Arts, Healthy Lifestyles and many issues that face our community.
Our first Topic: “Coping with Stress and Anxiety!” Staying Positive.
Time: May 2, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Moderator: Brenda Gunter with input from other health care workers.
Greetings All DEJA Contestants, Families and Friends,
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts our community, we the Delaware Juneteenth Association are guided more than ever by our values, love and excellence. In an effort to anticipate the need and to protect the safety of our participants, we have cancelled several workshops and reorganized other activities. To date, Delaware has 2323 positive cases. Your family’s health and safety are our priority. Under these conditions, DEJA has made decisive steps to limit our transmission of this virus.
Given what we know today, we believe it’s our duty to do what we can to slow the spread of the virus and minimize the impact on our community. Under careful review we have decided to take preventative measures by suspending all face to face workshops. In place of our Family Enrichment Program & Scholarship Pageant gatherings, we are encouraging all to connect with DEJA and the community on various social media mediums.
If you have general questions about COVID-19 or about exposure you can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899. DEJA will continue to update all participants as more information becomes available. For the latest on DEJA’s response, go to https://delawarejuneteenth.org/press-room.
Be safe and well,
Sylvia Lewis-Harris, President
Delaware Juneteenth Association