Sherry Dorsey Walker
6th District Council Member
Sherry Dorsey Walker, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, became the first woman and the first person of color to be elected in the 6th District on November 6, 2012. Sherry earned a Masters in Film Productions from Howard University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware in English/Journalism. Sherry is also a proud graduate of St. Elizabeth School. In 2001, Sherry established SWAP Productions LLC, an independent film production company. SWAP is an acronym for Sisters With A Purpose. Sherry humbly believes that her purpose in life is to educate, entertain and enlighten through her films. For this reason, she conceptualized Justice For All: The Documentary, a film addressing the perils of the juvenile justice system in America and overseas. The film was chosen to screen in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus in September 2010. Also, the project was the Official Selection of the following: Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival in Atlanta, New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and the Philadelphia International Film Festival.
Sherry recently completed a documentary entitled SOS2 (Sharing Our Stories, Saving Our Sisters). The film that was completed in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Tunnell Cancer Center. The project is a study of how women of color in Sussex County are dying at alarming rates from breast cancer, due to inadequate health care. Also, her film works led her to the United States Supreme Court where she interviewed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg for the documentary Strokes of Justice. This film, done in conjunction with the Delaware Humanities Forum, focuses on the life and legacy of Simmie Knox, the first African American to paint a portrait of a sitting president - Bill Clinton, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Justice Ginsberg and many others.
Moreover, Sherry established the Wootten Warriors, an Adopt-A-Block Initiative, to help restore pride in the community on the West Side of Wilmington. For several years, Sherry volunteered and taught filmmaking in the Riverside Community at the former Martin Luther King, Jr. School and has tutored children on the West Side of Wilmington, especially those in the 6th District. She was inducted into the 2010 Class of DelMarValous Women and in 2011, Sherry was the Delaware Technical and Community College Woman of the Year. Both awards were given for her work in film and in the community. Some of the youth she tutored are in college today, while others are on the honor roll. Sherry is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Kind to Kids, she is a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, Biden Breast Health Initiative and Public Allies of Delaware. Additionally, she is a member of Delaware Independent Filmmakers, the Peace with Justice Task Force and a volunteer at the Sunday Breakfast Mission. She is also a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Wilmington, Delaware.
Sherry is married to her college sweetheart, Dwight Walker. Sherry says that she will continue to advocate for children and their families one film at a time and as a newly-elected City Councilwoman.
Standing Committees of Council
Council Member Dorsey Walker is a member of the following committees:
- Community and Economic Development
- Education, Youth & Families
- Health, Aging & Disabilities
- Housing, Licenses & Inspections
She is also a member of the Wilmington Cable, Video and Telecommunications Commission.
Contact City Council
Wilmington City Council
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071