The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence is pleased to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by participating in this event. George Higgins, acting director of DeCAGV will be on the panel.
Confronts Institutional Racism
“The Issue of Race Deeply Shapes America”
Monday, January 19th
10:00 AM – Noon
YWCA Delaware recognizes MLK, Jr. Day each year by presenting an Action Forum to raise awareness and inspire action to affect social change around issues of racial disparity and race relations. Join us for this year’s Action Forum to address institutional racism based on the fact that race continues to be a significant factor in every dimension of life such as employment, education, economics, housing, health care, crime, political candidates and public policy. The focus of the forum is to engage the community, willing executives and public policymakers to become proactive in finding common ground to close the racial divide in Delaware communities.
Confronting Institutional Racism
This forum will create opportunities for the community, business, government and political leaders together to have open and honest dialogue regarding racial justice issues that broadly impact the success of people of color and the entire Delaware community. The panelist will be talking about the need to develop workable solutions in the workplace and our communities, placing emphasis on the fact that diversity has real purpose and in our collective strength lies unity. We must move beyond racial dialogue and develop more integrative workplaces by creating risk-free environments that allow people to freely contribute their best ideas by genuinely being included. Influential people must move out of their comfort zone and serve as examples for others to do the same by establishing circles of inclusion.
Special Guest Panelists
Chair of the US Constitution, 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Committee of the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow
Michele was educated in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania public school system and attended the University of Pennsylvania and Dickinson Law School. She worked for both the Defender’s Office and the District Attorney’s office in Philadelphia; was a member of the Human Relations Council in the early 1970’s; has a broad based background in business, finance, and the law; has lived in Delaware on and off for approximately 40 years; has three grown children and four grandchildren; and is currently a student in the Master of Liberal Arts program at the University of Delaware – a lifelong student.
Acting Director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence
During his career, George served as emissary from the DuPont Company to US Navy Commander in Chief Pacific. Following retirement, George has been a key player in alliance with the offices of the Governor and the Attorney General, working in concert with the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence to energize public action resulting in the enactment of Delaware’s first Background Check and Lost or Stolen Gun laws.
Dr. Yasser Payne
Associate Professor of the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware
Dr. Yasser Payne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Payne completed his doctoral work at the Graduate Center-City University of New York where he was trained as a social-personality psychologist. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse where he worked on a re-entry and intervention based research project in New York City’s largest jail, Rikers Island—a project designed to reduce: (1) recidivism, (2) drug use, and (3) other risky behavior leading to HIV/AIDS.
Roy Sudler, Jr.
Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church’s Chairman of the Social Action Commission
Roy earned a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Family Management from Morris Brown College in 1999. From Wilmington University, he received his first Masters Degree in Human Resources in 2002 and his second Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2006. Roy is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.From 2001 to 2003, he served as the NAACP Labor Relations Chairman for the Delaware Central Branch. In 2004, Roy was appointed by the Mayor to the Dover Human Relations Commission where he served as Community Programs Chairperson from 2004 to 2009; in 2010 he was elected Chairman.In 2014, Roy accepted an appointment from Governor Jack Markel to the State of Delaware’s Human Relations Commission; in addition to currently serving in Dover as Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church’s Chairman of the Social Action Commission. In May 2014, the City of Dover’s Council Committee asked him to come back and serve on the Legislative Finance and Administration Committee.Roy occupies his time managing Mishoe Cove, LLC and his construction business, Sudler & Mishoe General Contracting Builders, LLC. .