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"Until we are all free, we are none of us free" - Emma Lazarus

 Saving the Delaware School that brought down segregation in 1954 (Bulah v. Gebhart)

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Our Team

History of HCS #107

History of HCS #107

Friends of Hockessin Colored School 107 is a 509(a)(2) Public Charity under (IRC) Section 501(c)(3). Key Committee and Board Members include:

  • Dr. Tony Allen – President, Delaware State University
  • The Honorable C.J. Seitz – Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court
  • Dick Christopher – CEO       (Ret.), Patterson Schwartz
  • William Allen MBA – ALW Sourcing, CEO/President
  • Drewry Fennell – Chief Communications & Experience Officer, Christiana Care
  • Cynthia Primo and Joshua Martin, AAEF, Potter Anderson
  • Fred Sears – CEO (Ret.), Delaware Community Foundation, President (Ret.), Commerce Bank 
  • Sherese Brewington-Carr - CEO and Founder, QSB Solutions
  • David J. Wilk – Board Chair, Professor, Temple Fox School of Business
  • Kieara Hill - B.B.A. Real Estate, Temple University Fox School of Business, Analyst, Savills

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History of HCS #107

History of HCS #107

History of HCS #107

The Hockessin Colored School, built in 1920 to serve black children who were not allowed to attend school with white children, played a pivotal role in the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education. The related case at Hockessin School 107C, Gebhart v. Belton (1952), was one of five similar cases appealed to the high court. It was the only case in which the lower court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, effectively causing Delaware to set the precedent for the Supreme Court's final ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.


Former students (Lois Johnson, Sonny Knott, Leroy Peterson) who attended HCS #107 were interviewed and their videos are contained in the link below.

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Our Mission

History of HCS #107

Our Mission

Reintroduce HCS #107 as a "place of social impact, diversity and educational innovation” rooted in its history in ending school desegregation (Bulah v. Gebhart)

  • Programming Focus - "Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity"
    • Public and Private Schools (Red Clay District as Anchor)
    • Workplace
    • Healthcare Systems & Caregiver Agencies 
    • Government Agencies (Federal, State, Local) 
    • Community Stakeholders Organizations (CSO’s)
    • Non-Profits (Charitable, CDC’s, Housing Authorities, Religious Organizations)
    • Colleges & Universities
  • Programming Partners – Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, DSCC, Delaware State University, Red Clay School District, State of Delaware

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