Richard Allen Coalition Gala Feb. 3 at CHEER Center

GEORGETOWN – The Richard Allen Elementary School in Georgetown is one of the 80 “colored schools” built by Pierre DuPont in the 1920’s.

It was Pierre DuPont’s desire to provide African American children educational opportunities not available during the time when schools were segregated.

Governor Jack Markel signed legislation passed by the state legislature turning the building over to the Richard Allen Coalition on Aug. 12, 2015. ​The coalition has been working diligently to provide funding to make the necessary repairs and provide programs at the school.

The Richard Allen Coalition will host their 3rd Annual Gala on Feb. 3 at the Cheer Center in Georgetown.

This year the keynote speaker will be Sylvester Woolford, a lecturer of history and genealogy.  Mr. Woolford, of Newark, DE., received degrees from Delaware State University and Rutgers University.

Mr. Woolford began researching his own family’s history developing his interest in history and genealogy. He has lectured throughout Delaware on the history he has uncovered.

This year’s theme is “Native Sons of Sussex County.”

In addition, there will be musical selections from the a cappella sound of Sombarkin, a musical trio group featuring Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett, Jr., and Jerome McKinney;

The group uses the skill of vocal instrumentation and harmony to deliver an explosive performance of Negro spirituals, folk, gospel, blues, and jazz. Their technique is reminiscent of the ole time camp meetings, as well they deliver a contemporary soulful sound with surprising jazz licks and blues blends.

Tickets for the gala are $40 each.  Interested parties can purchase tickets by calling: 302-258-7182 or 302-644-4303, or mailing requests to: Richard Allen Coalition, P.O. Box 624, Georgetown, De. 19947.

For additional information call the above numbers and information will be mailed out.

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