Della Hardman Day

Andrea Taylor Named Diversity Officer at BU

Longtime Oak Bluffs resident Andrea Taylor has been named the first senior diversity officer at Boston University.

Della Day Returns With Warmth and Inspiration

A group of friends sat in an East Chop backyard, shaded by beach trees and oaks to remember a woman who was a teacher, writer, activist, friend, and mother to many. The day was Della Hardman Day.

Celebrating a Legacy of Activism

More than 100 people gathered to celebrate the legacy of Della Hardman on Saturday afternoon. Author Carol Anderson was the keynote speaker.

Savor the Moment at Della Day

The 13th annual Della Hardman Day, which honors the memory of the Oak Bluffs resident, will take place July 29 in Ocean Park.

Savor the Moment, Better the Future; Following Della Hardman's Footsteps

Dozens of people gathered at Ocean Park Saturday afternoon for the annual Della Hardman day celebration, which honors the tireless volunteer, artist, and longtime educator.

Della Day Message: Savor the Moment and Put Boots on the Ground

A large white cake sat on a table toward the back of the tent on Saturday afternoon in Ocean Park. On it was a picture of a hand holding a rose, with the words “A flower for Della.” The picture was drawn by Shel Silverstein to honor Della Hardman.

One Huge Hug Defines Annual Della Hardman Day

This weekend marks the 10th Della Hardman Day, which begins Friday with the opening of a Featherstone exhibition. In honor of the milestone anniversary, Mrs. Hardman’s students are returning to the Island.

Student Essays Are Letters to Della

The following are the three winning essays in the annual Della Hardman writing contest for high school students.

Della Hardman Day Offers Celebration, Reflection on African American Progress

Oak Bluffs selectman Walter Vail called it a perfect Vineyard day. Kites hung in the clear blue sky over Ocean Park and a light breeze blew in off Nantucket Sound on Saturday. A crowd had gathered beneath a peaked tent to celebrate the memory of Della Hardman, a leader in the Island African American community and in the Island community as a whole.

Savor and See, Don't Just Sit; Della Hardman Day Still Inspires

In 2002 Della Hardman told the Vineyard Gazette: “When I retired I could have stayed in West Virginia, or gone wherever, somewhere, anywhere, but I chose to come to Martha’s Vineyard. And I didn’t plan to come and sit. I planned to be involved.