The Delaware Barristers Association honors the late Louis L. Redding

The Delaware Barristers Association honors the late Louis L. Redding
November 13 23:54 2015 Print This Article
Reverend JB Redding, Daughter of the late louis L. Redding addresses members of the audience during the 2015 Louis l. Redding Benefit & Awards Gala Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at The Hotel du Pont Gold Ballroom in Wilmington. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Reverend JB Redding, Daughter of the late louis L. Redding addresses members of the audience during the 2015 Louis l. Redding Benefit & Awards Gala Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at The Hotel du Pont Gold Ballroom in Wilmington. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

On Friday, November 13, The Delaware Barristers Association marked their 4th annual Lois L. Redding Benefit and Awards Gala at the Hotel Dupont. The event honored the late Louis L. Redding and distinguished members of the bar and local community for making important and lasting contributions to civil rights and the advancement of a society that celebrates diversity.

According to Wali Rushdan, Esq., the Co-Chair of the event, “Lois Redding was a renaissance man in every sense of the word. He was the epitome  of courage, bravery, and vision. Being a pioneer in the law has afforded individuals like me to be able to do what I do today as a practicing attorney.“ By recognizing honorees Thomas L. Sagar, Esq.,  Ms. H Raye Jones, and Dr. James H. Sills Jr. The Delaware Barristers Association truly lives up to the legacy of Lois L. Redding.

The Delaware Barristers Association honored Mr. Sager for his commitment for diversity in the law. Mr. Sager pioneered diversity in the legal profession by creating the DuPont Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program. Law firms changed how they measured success especially by promoting women and minorities. Each year, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Thomas L. Sager Award is given to law firms demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Ms. Raye Jones Avery was honored for her devotion to the arts in our community. Through her talent in jazz music and the arts, Ms. H Raye Jones Avery, the Executive Director of the Christina Cultural Arts Center, seeks to provide Delaware with opportunities to experience a vast array of creative arts.

Honoree of Excellence in Community Service Awardee Ms. H Raye Jones Avery addresses members of the audience during the 2015 Louis l. Redding Benefit & Awards Gala Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at The Hotel du Pont Gold Ballroom in Wilmington. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Honoree of Excellence in Community Service Awardee Ms. H Raye Jones Avery addresses members of the audience during the 2015 Louis l. Redding Benefit & Awards Gala Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at The Hotel du Pont Gold Ballroom in Wilmington. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Finally, the Association recognized Dr. James H. Sills Jr., for his tremendous role in Delaware politics. A former State Representative and City Councilman, and the first African American mayor of Wilmington,  Dr. Sills devoted his life to public service and civil right advocacy. Beyond public office, he served as President of the Wilmington NAACP, Christina School District and numerous housing associations.

Honoree of Excellence in Community Service Awardee Dr. James H. Sills Jr, receives an award during the 2015 Louis l. Redding Benefit & Awards Gala Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at The Hotel du Pont Gold Ballroom in Wilmington. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Honoree of Excellence in Community Service Awardee Dr. James H. Sills Jr, receives an award during the 2015 Louis l. Redding Benefit & Awards Gala Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at The Hotel du Pont Gold Ballroom in Wilmington. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

In remembrance of Louis L. Redding, a portion of the net proceeds from the gala benefit the Louis L. Redding House, a non-profit museum and historical landmark located near downtown Wilmington, Delaware. Established to commemorate Mr. Redding’s legacy, the museum preserves the story of his immense contribution to civil rights, the community, and the law. As Clay Cauley, Sr, Esq., also noted,”When I first came to Delaware from Philadelphia, he served as an example for all of us and just as a personal example, but as a mentor.” By paying homage to the memory of Louis L. Redding, the Delaware Barristers Association continues to advance civil rights and diversity in Wilmington and the entire state of Delaware.

Written by Shoshana Kohn Editor in Chief