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Ethel Smiley Way

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This Petition is to assure that a street or area in the Town of Darby Pennsylvania is named after one of the communities most effective and helpful public service officials to give jobs charity and unlimited resources, Ethel Smiley. When you speak of Darby and bringing family’s children and seniors together you Speak of Ms. Smiley in the same voice. Being a lifetime member of the NAACP and Tirelessly working towards equality in the Civil Rights era, Ethel Smiley was the spearhead of Darby’s Community when it came to marching for rights for Colored people and she even Marched and sat beside the late great Martin Luther King Jr. Ms Smiley was Firm in her Wuest to make Change in Delaware County and especially in The Borough of Darby. She helped and worked beside many of people along the way. Creating and forging relationships that still stand and last till today. When you picture Ms. Ethel Smiley you picture her Firmness and Ability to get the message across to the people whether it be black or white she had the ability to allow people to see the vision and believe that she’d get the job done. We would love a section of Ridge Ave where she converted a historical area school(ridge avenue) into a Multi Million Dollar Facility that was home to and served the whole community and surrounding communities as well. She Taught Black history and Promoted Education through he facilities but most of all she loved helping families in need. If you didn’t have it she would find a way for many people to make or earn their way but never looking away. Especially around holiday times. Ms Smiley deserves a place in Darby Borough as one of the most passionate, creative and innovative leaders we have ever known.

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