Black History Celebration
"Bridging the Divide"

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the State Office of Volunteerism hosted a Black History Celebration titled “Bridging the Divide”.  Daniel Young, Kent County Foster Grandparent Supervisor created this event to capture and highlight black history month.  Valda Jones-Potter, MBA was invited to be the guest speaker and gave an inspiring message about how each of us together can make a difference by choosing to see the differences in one another and use those differences to make ourselves stronger and better.  She used the illustration of bridges as a means of explaining what is needed to make a bridge strong enough to withstand great force, yet flexible enough to remain together during turbulence enabling it to be used as it was designed to be used. 

Welcome was offered by Janet Burk, building administrator at Williams State Service Center followed by a poetry read by Daniel Young.  Each attendee participated in singing God Bless America followed by Luz Vasquez-Guzman reading Valda Jones-Potter biography.  Daniel Young introduced the speaker and April Willey, Volunteer Services Administrator with Volunteer Delaware offering the invocation. Following the presentation from Valda Jones-Potter, attendees enjoyed a pot lunch together.

Valda Jones-Potter has a history of “firsts” in science, business and government in Delaware-the first State.  On January 3, 2017 Valda was inaugurated as Treasurer for the City of Wilmington, the first woman and African American to ever hold the office.  In January 2009, Valda became the first African American in Delaware history to hold statewide elective office when appointed State Treasurer by Governor Jack Markell.
Throughout her career, Valda has been deeply committed to education as a means of empowering individuals, enabling and motivating tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and inspiring the next generation of innovators. 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.
                                                                                                         …..Maya Angelou