Delmarva Power to Underwrite Black History Month

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2007

                PRINCESS ANNE, MD  - Delmarva Power will provide underwriting support for Black History Month programs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a gift of $25,000 over five years.

    UMES has commemorated the contributions of black Americans and raised awareness of the origins of African-American culture during the month of February for the past seven years by offering programs, which are open to the public, highlighting history, art, education and social issues relating to black Americans.

    "Because black history is American history, Delmarva Power is proud to support UMES and its efforts to enhance the knowledge of its students and the community during Black History Month," said John J. Allen Jr., Delmarva Power vice president. "Our financial support is an indication of the importance of sharing the significant contributions that Black Americans have made, not only to this country but to the world."

    Programs scheduled for Black History Month include a symposium on African-American history, an exhibit of African cloth including demonstrations of the process used to create the colorful designs, a series of visits by local school children to the Frederick Douglass Library, bus trips by UMES students and faculty to African-American exhibits in Baltimore and Washington D.C., and a colloquium on the social problems of young black men today.

    Gains Hawkins, vice president for institutional advancement at the University, is appreciative for the continued support of Delmarva Power. "The organizers of Black History Month thank Delmarva Power for its financial contribution to the month-long activities. We look forward to naming a classroom in Hazel Hall in recognition of Delmarva Power's five year commitment to Black History Month, a commitment which will resonate with UMES constituencies well beyond that time frame." 

    Private gifts to the university are made to the UMES Foundation, which is part of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation separate from the University System of Maryland. The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation's purpose is to receive, hold, invest, manage, use, dispose of and administer property of all kinds, whether given absolutely or in trust, or by way of agency or otherwise. Contributions are used entirely for the purpose specified by the donor.

    The University has a 120-year tradition of providing students from underserved populations with an opportunity to receive a higher education. Financial support for students is