The People’s Report: Opportunity and Activism in the Streets of Wilmington, Delaware

Involvement in crime can be thought of as a type of coping and adaptation resulting from experiences with extreme economic poverty. In the Eastside and Southbridge neighborhoods of Wilmington, Delaware, street identified Black men and women were employed as community research-activists to involve local residents in exploring this relationship.

Dr. Payne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Payne has organized a street ethnographic research program centered on exploring notions of resilience and resiliency with the streets of Black America.

The Innovative Discoveries Series, sponsored by the Delaware Clinical & Translational Science ACCEL program and the Christiana Care Value Institute, features informal presentations on topics relevant to current research and healthcare practice, led by knowledgeable and experienced presenters. There are offerings for researchers, healthcare providers, and community members of varying levels of experience.

These free talks are held Fridays at noon at Christiana Hospital but can be viewed from your home or office computer. Earn CMEs by participating in-person or online. Lunch is served and all are welcome to attend.

To see the full calendar of events, visit the Value Institute Events page or the ACCEL website, or subscribe to the ID Series mailing list.

Contact Sarahfaye Dolman at with any questions.


  • Yasser Arafat Payne, PhD