2015 Recipient of Muriel Gilman Award

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Bebe Coker Thank You Letter

2015 - Beatrice (Bebe) Ross Coker

For her relentless efforts in support of children, this year the 21st Century Fund for Delaware’s Children is proud to present the 9th Muriel E. Gilman Award to Beatrice (Bebe) Ross Coker.

Ms. Coker is a longstanding community activist for Delaware’s children. Bebe located to Delaware in 1960 after graduation from Morgan State University and started work in human and social services for the State of Delaware as well as training new social service employees prior to recruitment by the federal government to provide training in Social Security programs. Under Governor DuPont she became the corporate/community relations liaison for the Jobs for Delaware Graduates program and, after retiring, provided diversity training for employees of the Defense Logistics Agency, Region 3.

A proud mother of three highly successful children, her passion is for excellence in learning for all children in general and African American children in particular. Bebe Coker was the first Delaware playwright to produce and perform an original musical at the DuPont Playhouse. She is also among the first recipients of the Jefferson Award for Public Service. Her volunteer efforts include the Christiana Cultural Arts Center, the Startup Africa projects (digging fresh water wells in Kenya), the Board of Moyer Academy, Advisory Council of the Heritage Center for the Delaware Historical Society, the Black Heritage Educational /Theater Group (Founding Director), August Quarterly 2013 Anniversary Committee, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, the Strong Neighborhoods Project at the United Way and the Muriel Gilman Women in Action Group, to name a few.

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