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10:22 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Delaware NAACP Blasts Two Sussex County Members Over Grant Vote

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The recent decision by two members of the Sussex County Council not to provide a grant of $100 each to a youth program by the NAACP has caused an uproar. Council members Sam Wilson and Vance Phillips decided not to provide the grant because the organization's name included the phrase for the advancement of colored people, which they felt was discriminatory. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Richard Smith, president of the state NAACP, who said after he appeared before the council this week to protest the vote Phillips did reach out to him in an email.

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8:58 am
Wed May 21, 2014

NAACP Demands Apology from Sussex County Council Members

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Supporters of the NAACP blasted two members of the Sussex County Council yesterday when they withheld a $100 grant each for the civil rights organization calling it’s a discriminatory group.

Council member Sam Wilson took offense at the phrase colored people in the organization’s name and he was joined by fellow council member Vance Phillips.

Jane Hovington, president of the local NAACP chapter whose grant was turned down told the council members they owned the renowned organization an apology not just to the civil rights group but the people of Sussex County.

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10:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Sussex County Leader Criticized Over NAACP Remarks

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Sussex County Council member Sam Wilson found himself explaining his decision not to provide a $100 grant this week to a program run by the Lower Sussex Branch NAACP Youth Council because the name included the phrase colored people.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Wilson said he believed that the group only advocated for black people to the exclusion of white people.

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9:45 am
Wed May 14, 2014

The Lord's Prayer: Could It Come Back to Sussex County Council?

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With a recent federal court decisions to allow the recitation of Christian prayer by clergy at local government meetings some on the Sussex County Council want to bring back the offering of the Lord’s Prayer.

Under a settlement agreement the County Council agreed to end the practice and merely recite the less sectarian 23rd Psalm.

During a 25-minute discussion yesterday Council member Sam Wilson urged his fellow council members to move back to the practice.

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9:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Declining Grant Money Over NAACP Name in Sussex County

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The NAACP Youth Council will not be getting $100 grants each from Sussex County Council members Vance Phillips and Sam Wilson because they object to word colored people in the name of the civil rights organization.

Wilson told the county finance director to take his name off when it came to providing the grant to the NAACP Youth council asking someone to tell him what the letters NAACP stand for.

When told Council member Vance Phillips joined Wilson who added that sounded like discrimination to him.

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7:45 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Doubts About Wetlands Expansion by Two Sussex County Council Members

Two Sussex County Council members are expressing their doubts about the interest by a state committee in regulating development of 4-thousand acres of privately owned wetlands.

Council members Sam Wilson from Georgetown and Vance Phillips  both fear this interest by the Wetland Advisory Committee set up by the state could hamper farming.

But, the Wilmington News Journal reports that yesterday Council member George Cole told his colleagues that he did not believe this was an attack on farming.

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