Meet Sherry Dorsey Walker
Get to know who’s behind the movement, her life, what she stands for, and what her plans are for our State!
Advocacy and Outreach Specialist
Sherry Dorsey Walker, a native of Wilmington, Delaware was born and raised in the 6th District. She earned a Masters in Film Productions from Howard University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware in English/Journalism. She is a proud product of St. Elizabeth School, where she attended for 12 years. 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, while working to change the landscape of the political scene in Delaware. For this reason, she conceptualized “Justice For All: The Documentary.”
“Justice For All: The Documentary” addresses the ill-treatment of youth in 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 humbly believes that we, as a nation, truly need to do a better job of improving juveniles’ lives and divorcing ourselves from the notion that corporal punishment is the best form of rehabilitation.
Sherry recently completed a documentary entitled SOS 2 (Sharing Our Stories, Saving Our Sisters). The film that will premiere in September, 2012 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 and has tutored children on the West Side of Wilmington, especially those in the 6th District. Some of children 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 ACLU of Delaware, Biden Breast Health Initiative and Public Allies of Delaware. Additionally, she is a member of Delaware Independent Filmmakers and the Peace with Justice Task Force. She is also a member of Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, DE.
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 future City Councilwoman representing the 6th District.
2011 – Woman of the Year – for creating films about social change sponsored by Delaware Technical and Community College Women’s Center.
2010 – DelMarvalous (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) Woman of the Year – for producing, directing and writing films focusing on social change that empower members of the community.
2009 – Official Selection – Justice For All: The Documentary – New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
2009 – Official Selection – Justice For All: The Documentary – Philadelphia International Film Festival
2009 – Official Selection – Justice For All: The Documentary – Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival (Atlanta, GA)
2002 – Best Screenplay – A Mother’s Love, Screenwriter – Houston Multicultural International Film Festival
2001 – Best Dramatic Short – Radimi: Who Stole the Dream, Executive Producer – Wilmington Independent Film Festival