First State Celebrates 50 Years ~ Empowering People, Changing Lives

Dover-- On Monday, November 16, 2015 First State Community Action Agency celebrated 50 years of service with a dinner and awards ceremony at Dover Downs Conference Center. Close to 400 guests, including appointed and elected officials, business and community leaders attended auspicious event. View more photos on Facebook.

Bryan Stevenson, a Delaware native and the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama was the event speaker. Stevenson, a nationally acclaimed civil rights attorney, human rights activist, and author of the New York Times bestseller, “Just Mercy,” gave a moving message about justice, poverty, and change. He says, "In order to create a better and more just Delaware, we must become proximate to the issues affecting marginalized people, change the narrative of our conversations, do what's uncomfortable, and protect our hope." First State gave special honor to outstanding individuals, leaders and community partners who have demonstrated extraordinary service, dedication, and achievement towards self-sufficiency.

Pioneers Bill Schab, Harold Truxon, Joe Conaway, and Bill Moore were honored for their work in rural impoverished communities during the agency's conception years. Kaneisha Trott, Communications & Public Relations Specialist was recognized as the Employee of Year for her outstanding commitment to the agency and community; and Nakeisha Holliman-Redmond, a former participant of First State's Case Management Brightway Commons was commended with the Personal Achievement Award for her hard work and commitment to self-improvement, self-sufficiency, and positive change. Tributes, greetings, and letters of congratulations were provided by Vice President Joe Biden, Delaware Congressional members, the Delaware General Assembly, and other state and local elected officials. **Special thanks to every sponsor, volunteer, and attendee who made this anniversary celebration a night to remember!!** Photos: Courtesy of Gary Emeigh

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