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Margaret Rose Henry speeches


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The Honorable Margaret Rose Henry, elected in 1994 as the Delaware State Senator for the 2nd Senatorial District (Wilmington East), was born on June 20, 1944, in Rayne, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Southern University in sociology and psychology and a Master of Arts degree from Springfield College in community leadership and development. She was the first African American woman to serve in the Delaware State senate.

In addition to serving as a Delaware State Senator, Margaret Rose Henry was an administrator at Ingleside Retirement Apartments in Wilmington, Delaware. Previously, she held the positions of the executive director for Girls, Incorporated, and senior allocations associate at the United Way of Delaware.

She has served on a number of committees in the Delaware Senate, including Bond Bill; Children, Youth & Their Families; Health & Social Services; Labor; and Public Safety. Her affiliations include serving on the boards of trustees of the Medical Center of Delaware and Wesley College (Dover), as a former chair of the Delaware State Arts Council, and as a former president of the Wilmington Chapter of Links, Inc. She has also been a member of the Governor's Commission on Families, the State Human Relations Commission, the Delaware Agency to Reduce Crime, the City of Wilmington Civil Rights Commission (chair), and the Board of Directors for Child, Inc.

In 1996 Senator Henry was in the news because of her decision to change political parties. Elected in 1994 as a Democrat running on the Republican ticket, she subsequently affiliated with the Republican Party. However, in 1996 Senator Henry returned her political allegiance to the Democratic Party.

Biographical information derived from the articles and clippings in F19.“State Senator Margaret Rose Henry Second Senatorial District, Wilmington, DE,” Blacks in Delaware

The Margaret Rose Henry speeches comprise eighteen short political addresses delivered between 1994 and 1995 by the Delaware Senator to various constituent groups, primarily in Wilmington. These speeches clearly reflect Senator Henry's attention to issues of equity, civil rights, crime prevention, social services, and education for minority populations. Henry's speeches also reveal her strong understanding of and commitment to Black history and heritage. In addition to these typescript manuscripts the collection includes a folder of memoranda, articles, clippings, and programs; all of which are related to Margaret Rose Henry or her speeches.

The articles and clippings found in F19 chronicle aspects of Senator Henry's work in the Delaware State Senate, as well as providing material for speeches, such as poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes or information on the inner city. Also found in this folder is a memorandum from Margaret Rose Henry to Kim Burdick, a legislative research assistant in Dover, thanking her for her previous assistance and mentioning speeches for the Rotary Club (F9) and the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (F10).

The speeches provide a sampling of addresses made by Margaret Rose Henry during her tenure as a Republican in the Senate and reflect her political concerns for equal justice and benefits for all citizens.

Records in this collection are arranged by date and subject of speech.

  1. Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)

Gift of Kim Rogers Burdick, November 1996

Processed by Anita A. Wellner, 1996. Encoded by Katherine Riley, January 2018.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2018 January 9
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Collection Inventory

Delaware State Education Association (DSEA)/Human & Civil Rights Speech, 1994 May.
Box 1 Folder 1
Faith, Hope and Charity, 1994 May.
Box 1 Folder 2
Crime Speech, 1994 May .
Box 1 Folder 3
Education/Desegregation (Deseg), 1994 May.
Box 1 Folder 4
Women in Politics, 1995 September.
Box 1 Folder 5
Police, 1994 September.
Box 1 Folder 6
Sports Banquet, 1994 October 29.
Box 1 Folder 7
Rotary Speech, 1994 December .
Box 1 Folder 8
Visions for the Future, 1994 December.
Box 1 Folder 9
Scope and Contents

This speech differs from the one found in F10.

[Visions for the Future], 1994 December 11.
Box 1 Folder 10
Scope and Contents

This speech differs from the one found in F9. Completely different speech from the speech in F9. Delivered at the Wilmington Section, National Council of Negro Women, Inc. program, "Reflections and Visions: A Tribute to Our Founder Mary McLeod Bethune," in Wilmington, Delaware. Includes draft of the program and information.

Motivational Speech for Prisoners, 1995 February.
Box 1 Folder 11
Speech for Black History Month, 1995 February .
Box 1 Folder 12
Congratulations to Black Honor Students, 1995 March.
Box 1 Folder 13
Scope and Contents

This brief speech was delivered to University of Delaware graduates.

Women of Distinction, 1995 April 29.
Box 1 Folder 14
Strategies for Empowerment, 1995 May.
Box 1 Folder 15
Eastern Star Speech, 1995 May.
Box 1 Folder 16
Scope and Contents

Similar to the speech found in F15

Girls Inc. Awards Ceremony, 1995 June.
Box 1 Folder 17
Scope and Contents

Margaret Rose Henry's remarks after she received an award from Girls, Inc.

Zonata Speech, 1995 November 14.
Box 1 Folder 18

Clippings and Articles, 1994-1995.
Box 1 Folder 19
Scope and Contents

Photocopies, tear sheets, and clippings of articles about Margaret Rose Henry and her service as a Delaware State Senator, 1994-1995. Also includes a list of the "Christina School District Parent Advisory Board," a copy of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem "Black Samson of Brandywine," copies of poems by Langston Hughes, an article on the inner city, and a memorandum from Henry to Kim Burdick regarding her speeches.

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