VIDEO: Spencer Plaza Rededicated

Wilmington officials took a look back, and look ahead, with regard to civil rights on Friday.

WDEL's Carl Kanefsky explains.

Mayor Dennis Williams joined members of Wilmington's City Council in rededicating Spence Plaza Friday, afternoon, a Black History Month celebration marking a step forward, with it's reverence to the past.

At the event, the mayor signed Council's resolution authorizing the reestablishment of the city's Civil Rights Commission, something Councilman Darius Brown says drives home Spencer's beliefs.

"It is befitting as we're here rededicating this square for Peter Spencer," Brown says, "that we understand that his message was a message of inclusion, and here in the city of Wilmington, we continue that message with our Wilmington Civil Rights Commission, that everyone is welcome here in the city of Wilmington where opportunity lives."

Spencer, born a slave in Maryland, founded the first independent, African American church in the United States, here in Wilmington.

Brown says the resolution will help the city continue the work of those who came before.

"We want to let it be known here in the city of Wilmington," says Brown, "that we are a city of hope, we are a city of opportunity, we are a city of equality, and we are a city of unity."

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