The school is named after one of Delaware's pioneering civil rights leaders, the lawyer Louis Lorenzo Redding, the first African-American admitted to the Delaware bar and part of the legal team that successfully challenged school segregation in the Brown v. Board of Education case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Louis L. Redding High School Alumni Association and the Delaware Public Archives will dedicate a historic marker at the school, now known as Redding Middle School, Thursday, April 18 at noon. The community is invited to the ceremony at 201 New St., Middletown.
The Appoquinimink School District was founded in 1969, around the same time that schools in Delaware were being desegregated during the Civil Rights Movement in America.
But before that happened, in the first half of the 20th century when black and white students were still being educated separately, independently-operated schools worked to provide a quality education to children of color.
Here in Middletown, the Louis L. Redding High School – home to today’s Louis L. Redding Middle School – fulfilled that mission.
Opened in 1952, Redding School provided a comprehensive education to children in grades K-10, constructed on the site of an even older collection of buildings named School 120 C.
From its inception the Redding School boasted bright students, dedicated teachers and visionary leadership.
On April 18, the dedication of the historic marker will commemorate the proud history of the Redding School. Students, staff, administrators and school board members from the current Louis L. Redding Middle School will join Redding Alumni, state Sen. Bruce Ennis whose office provided funding for the project, Katherine Hall from the Delaware Public Archives-Historical Markers Program, and other prominent community members for a ceremony on the grounds of the school when the marker will be unveiled.
The school is named after one of Delaware’s pioneering civil rights leaders, the lawyer Louis Lorenzo Redding (1901-1998). Redding was not only the first African-American admitted to the Delaware bar, he was an important part of the legal team that successfully challenged school segregation in the statute-setting Brown v. Board of Education case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Redding Alumni Association Executive Leadership Team includes:
Franklin S. Chandler Sr., President;
Barbara Mitchell Williams, Vice President;
Janice Henry, Secretary;
Cynthia Rowell, Treasurer;
Edna Cale, Chaplain;
Robert Collins, Immediate Past-President;
Redding At-Large Ambassadors -- William Saunders, Elzie Jefferson, John Conaway, Judy Black and Dorothy Taylor.