Bishop Charles Tilghman, founder of the Potter’s House Ministries parish in Kent County and president of the Kent County Chapter of the NAACP, sat down with Kent Pilot Publisher Steve Meehan for a wide-ranging interview that noted Tighman’s experience growing up in segregated Kent County and the future social justice action in Kent.
He grew up in Rock Hall and attended the segregated Kent County public schools. He graduated from Henry Highland Garnet High School, the high school for black children. Tilghman discusses the influence of the school’s principal, Elmer T. Hawkins, and his wife, Marjorie.
Tilghman left Kent County after graduation to find better opportunities and returned in 1999 to start the Potter’s House Ministeries parish. He recounts his call to Rock Hall and the school house where he attended grade school, and describes moving his ministry to the former VFW in Fairlee over 20 years ago.
In the video, Tilghman elaborates on race relations in Kent County. He also discusses relations between local civil rights organizations. He believes it’s time for a summit among groups here working to advance social justice. He said these groups should rally together and stop competing with each other.
He believes the focus should be on jobs for young people in order to build a better community.
Finally, Bishop Tilghman talked about the Ajax basketball court restoration and the importance of recognizing African American contributions and heritage sites.