MEET SHANÉ DARBY
New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
“Some people talk change, others influence change.”
I was born and raised in the 2nd district, to an immigrant Jamaican mother and step-father. From a very tender age, I have been outspoken and passionate about inequities in the world ranging from race, politics, animals, and the environment and always explored options to finding solutions to improving people’s lives.
At the end of my high school senior year, I became pregnant and delivered my 1st daughter over the winter break between the first and second semester of college. However, this adversity did not stop my success. I graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s in Mass Communication & African American Studies and a master’s in Africana Studies.
I am currently serving in the Army National Guard, going on 8 years. I am a Therapist, that works with children who have experienced trauma and/or have behavioral issues throughout the city of Wilmington. Previously, I worked in the Wilmington area providing teens and young adults with support services and employability skills to go to college, the military, advance training, obtain an apprenticeship or start a career.
Furthermore, I am the founder of Black Mothers In Power, which is a state-wide movement focused on decreasing the mortality rates and improving the health outcomes of Black Babies and Moms. Black Babies and Moms are dying at higher rates and having poor health outcomes than any other race of women, despite socioeconomic status, educational attainment, etc.
I want to see changes in our district even more because I am a mother of 3 girls. Being a mother has heightened my activism and organizing passion for issues and injustices in the City of Wilmington. I am solution and results-driven and will be the connector for ALL neighborhoods in our district.
I know I am qualified to assist in the positive shift in Wilmington, because:
I am a zealous community organizer and activist.
I believe in grassroots initiatives.
I have organized around Women’s Rights and racial inequality.
I am an advocate for maternal justice and rights for Black Women.
I opened a Community Art Garden dedicated to my uncle who passed away and battled with addiction.
I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Poor People's Campaign, Network Delaware, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Brandywine Village Association.