Delaware Humanities Brings National Initiative “United We Stand” to Delaware 

March 28, 2024

Delaware Humanities is honored to be part of the joint National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts initiative United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture. United We Stand supports local programming that promotes civic engagement, social cohesion, and cross-cultural understanding. Delaware Humanities was awarded $50,000 to produce a podcast, create a traveling exhibit, offer oral history workshops, and provide opportunities for conversation and reflection.  

The podcast, titled A More Just Delaware, highlights pivotal moments and legislation related to hate, prejudice, and the fight for equal rights for all in Delaware from the 1950s to today. Produced in partnership with Delaware Public Media, the first episode of this six-episode series was released on March 7th and focused on House Bill 198, which requires every Delaware school district and charter school to provide instruction on Black history. 

Delaware Humanities has written and produced a small, collapsible traveling exhibit Injustice and Integration: 70 Years of Brown v. Board of Education, which is free to any organization in Delaware and will ship in early May. 2024 marks the 70th anniversary of the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision. The exhibit introduces audiences to several aspects of our state’s school desegregation story, such as the Delaware court cases that became part of Brown v. Board, the successes and challenges faced by Delaware schools immediately after the Brown ruling, and continued school integration efforts in Delaware up to the present day. 

Delaware Humanities will host three oral history workshops throughout the state, with the first on April 18th in Dover. Attendees will learn how to strengthen their ability to collect, preserve, and share the stories of their communities. 

Finally, Delaware Humanities received funding to offer lectures and guided conversations to organizations in Delaware. Two lectures are currently available by request: Fighting Jim Crow Discrimination and Segregation in Health Care and Brown v. Board of Education: Fighting Segregation in Court. The two guided conversations, which will be on civil rights in Delaware and navigating local histories through monuments and markers, will be available by request this summer.