The Delaware Barristers Association, is proud to present its sixth Annual Louis L. Redding Benefit and Awards Gala at the Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom, 11th and Market Streets, Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. The celebration will honor distinguished members of Delaware’s government, bar, and community for their work, contributions and commitment to liberty and justice for all.
The Association will recognize and honor the following individuals for their exemplary leadership, commitment, and contributions to the community and legal profession: Governor Jack Markell, for his outstanding leadership and commitment to diversity and social justice before, during, and after his tenure as Governor. Prior to his election as Governor of the First State, Governor Markell was an executive with Sprint. Governor Markell also served as Chair of the Board for the Wilmington Urban League. Governor Markell began his political career as the State Treasurer and held that position for ten years. Gregory B. Williams,Esquire, for his many years of leadership, professionalism, and service to the Delaware legal community. Williams is a former President of the Delaware State Bar Association. Williams also served as Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the State of Delaware, and previously served as Chair of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. PrincipalSalome Thomas-El, for his tireless and trailblazing efforts as a teacher and principal who revolutionized educating young people locally and nationwide based on his belief that “every child needs someone to be crazy about them”.
Louis L. Redding and The Redding House
Louis L. Redding was a prominent Delawarean, lawyer, civil rights advocate, and the first African-American to be admitted to the Delaware bar. Mr. Redding was also part of the legal team that successfully challenged school segregation before the United States Supreme Court in the seminal 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education. During the 57 years that he practiced law in Delaware, Mr. Redding handled cases that successfully challenged discrimination in housing, public accommodations, employment, and the criminal justice system. He retired from law practice in 1984. Mr. Redding passed away in 1998. He was 96 years old and lived in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.
A substantial portion of the net proceeds from the Gala will be used to benefit the Louis L. Redding House, a non-profit museum and historical landmark located near downtown Wilmington, Delaware, established to commemorate Mr. Louis L. Redding’s legacy and his many contributions to civil rights, the community and the law. The Redding House is operated by the Redding House Foundation, Inc., a Delaware non-profit corporation, established on September 15, 1997, for purposes of owning, operating, maintaining and preserving the Redding House as a museum and community center.
The Delaware Barristers Association
The Delaware Barristers Association was founded in 1993. It is a nonprofit bar association organized under the laws of the State of Delaware. The purposes of the Delaware Barristers Association are to promote professional and social interaction among the members of the Delaware legal community; to uphold and extend the principles of justice in every phase of American life to the end that no person shall be discriminated against by reason of his or her color, race, sex, religious beliefs or national origin; to determine and communicate by appropriate means the official position of the Association on various issues.
The Barristers Association is the local affiliate of the National Bar Association. Founded in 1925, it is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers and judges.