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GRIGGS, ALLEN R. (ca. 1850–1922). Allen R. Griggs, Baptist minister, was born a slave, the son of Elbert and Brailla Griggs of Hancock County, Georgia, about 1850. He was brought to Texas at age nine. Griggs joined the Baptist Church in 1869 and was ordained as a missionary five years later. In 1870 he married, and he and his wife had eight children. Their son, Sutton Elbert Griggs, became a noted minister and novelist. In the early 1870s Griggs received his first pastorate at the New Hope Baptist Church in Dallas, RECOGNIZED AS THE FIRST BLACK CHURCH IN DALLAS. He held the position for nearly ten years. He later served as pastor at Macedonia which became Good Street Baptist Church and also founded Griggs Chapel in Dallas. Shortly after the Civil War, he and the church Trustees put their money together and bought a cemetery and a park to celebrate the 19th of June, now called Juneteenth. The City of Dallas Bought the Park in 1915 and the Negro Council of Women asked the City to name it After Griggs. In 2016, The City Dedicated the Park as a Dog Park for Uptown. Aside from his church duties, Griggs devoted himself to the education of black Texans. He helped raise funds to establish Bishop College and served that institution as a trustee. He was cofounder of North Texas Baptist College in Denison and several other institutions. He has also been credited with establishing the first black high school in Texas and Texas's first black newspaper. In 1891 Griggs was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree by the State University of Kentucky. In 1873 he was made a member of the World's Parliament of Religions, held in Chicago, and in 1905 he was selected as a delegate from Texas to the Pan-Baptists Congress meeting in London, England. Further religious activities include years spent as corresponding secretary of the National Baptist Educational Board and chief organizer and president of the Texas Baptist State Sunday-School Convention, and chief organizer of the Texas Baptist Foreign Mission Convention and the Texas Negro Biographical and Historical Society. For twenty years he served as moderator of the Northwestern Baptist Association and was moderator of the State Missionary and Superintendent of Missions for Texas for twenty-eight years. Griggs also served as editor for several newspapers including, the Baptist Journal, Baptist Preacher, Centennial Dollar Reporter, Dallas Christian Leaflet, National Baptist Bulletin, and the Western Star, which he served as an associate editor. At the time of his death he was dean of North Texas Baptist College. Griggs died on May 7, 1922, in Denison. He was buried in Dallas.

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Remember Early Negro League Baseball see page 15 Voting Starts Tuesday February Bob May author, speaker, and 20-March 2, 2018 baseball historian. A popular speaker for civic groups, churchPrimary es and educational institutions, Election Day Bob discusses his startling findTuesday March 6, ings and honors Negro League legends. 2018

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CHURCH WOMAN OF THE MONTH Sister Angela Hudson

Greater Emmanuel Baptist Church I Thesddalonians 5:16-18 Favorite Song: “Sweet Sweet Spirit” & “In the Beauty of Holiness Pastor Rev. Burley Hudson President of Ministers Wives Vice President of the Women Mssion Married to Rev. Burley Hudson Favorite saying: “We serve an awesome God”

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Congresswoman releases statement on President’s Plan

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice budget falls short in its promises Johnson released the following to deliver real infrastructure statement after President Trump investment across the country, released his budget plan that particularly in provides devastating cuts to Dallas where domestic health, education and demands on economic initiatives for working our public and middle class families: transit are rap“Unfortunately the president’s idly growing,” budget proposal comes as no said Congresssurprise with no promise to woman Johnprotect and care for all Amerison. President can people. I am not shocked Trump’s Congresswoman Johnson because a lot of his rhetoric budget does from his most recent State of the following the Union address is backed here in in terms of infrastructure: his latest proposal,” said Congress· Limits Capital Investment woman Johnson. “This budget Grant (CIG) Program Funding – proposal fails the American people the FY19 budget proposes limiting by cutting over $200 billion to the funding under the Capital InvestSupplemental Nutrition Assistance ment Grant (CIG) program to Program (SNAP) which provides projects with existing full funding food to more than 44 million. grant agreements only. It is importAdditionally, he continues to target ant for Congress to fully fund the those with pre-existing conditions, CIG program to support projects seniors in nursing homes, children like the Dallas Area Rapid Transit with disabilities and low-income (DART) D2 Subway. families by cutting Medicaid by · Elimination of the TIGER $1.4 trillion over ten years. I will Discretionary Grant Program – continue to fight for these individu- The TIGER Discretionary Grant als and families who are constantly program is one of the most popular under attack by this Administration yet underfunded grant programs and their policies.” offered for transportation projects As the most senior Texas memthrough the U.S. Department of ber on the U.S. House Committee Transportation. Many local transit of Transportation and Infrastrucagencies rely on this funding to ture, “I believe the president’s FY19 develop projects of regional and

national significance. DART has historically relied on TIGER funding to deliver local transit options to thirteen cities in North Texas. Today, DART is seeking TIGER dollars to upgrade its Internet Protocol network infrastructure in order to meet the growing demands for public transit in Dallas. In the absence of TIGER funding, countless municipalities and transit agencies such as DART will have to scramble to find alternative sources of funding for local projects. · Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Privatization – President Trump is trying to revive a failed effort to shift the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to a non-governmental entity. The United States maintains the safest and most complex airspace in the world. Radical changes to the current ATO structure could threaten the safety, efficiency, and affordability of our airways. The North Texas region is home to the fourth busiest airport in the world by aircraft movements, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It is critically important, not only to North Texas but the entire country, that we take a deliberate approach when considering massive structural changes to how we manage air traffic in the United States.

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By Elizabeth Walley League of Women Voters

tions are huge. Whether your elected official supports or opposes tolled lanes to alleviate highway congestion, whether they are for or against school On March 6 Texas voters will vouchers, whether they support or go to the polls. March’s election is oppose a wall along the Mexican bora special kind of election called a der, are some of the issues that will be Primary. A Primary is a nominatdetermined in this year’s elections. ing election for the major political Once a person decides to participarties. There will actually be two pate in our great democratic experiseparate elections – one for Demment by voting, then many questions ocrats and one for Republicans. come to mind. When do I vote? The two elections will happen at Where do I go? How do I know who the same time and place, but there Elizabeth Walley to vote for? The League of Women Votwill be two separate ballots – one ers recommends three websites where voters can for Democrats and one for Republicans. The find most of the basic information needed to be a winners are the respective party’s nominees, who voter. The image below describes these websites. will advance to the November General Election, Don’t forget early voting starts Tuesday Februwhen the future office holders will ultimately be ary 20-March 2 selected. Primary Election Day Tuesday March 6th The issues to be decided in this year’s elec-


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From Where I Sit By Sandra Crenshaw

I recall the times when I would visit the Cedar Crest Funeral Home, I would sit and talk to Elite Publisher William Blair about his newspaper. At the time it was literally a sheet of paper with cut and paste articles from the major newspapers, mostly obituaries and his commentary. You, see M. Crenshaw, he would say, “ the Spoken word is like the air, but the printed word is always there.” His directive inspires me to this day to start publishing Texas Black history “From Where I Sit.” It has long been said that if there is something, you don’t want blacks

to know, put in a book, a library, or a museum. So I cannot tell you the horror , I felt with local Black Ministers serving on the Mayor’s Task Force, demanding that the Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee be put in a museum and never be exhibited in public again. Black historians across this nation are reverently working to include the narrative of the contributions that blacks have made to this country, including the Blacks who fought on the side of the Confederacy. I shared with these ministers that we should choose the option to include the history blacks in Dallas in Lee Park and keep it out of a museum so that people who could not afford to pay museum’s admission. Secondly, when we give history to a museum, the taxpayers lose control of how the narrative is told and displayed. I also shared with them that black

genealogists can trace our family trees easier by researching the slave owners who kept records, slave receipts, pictures, deeds, payrolls ledgers, and poll tax receipts, minutes of council meetings, etc. Here is what the Texas Historical Commission wrote about AR Griggs, but few in Dallas know his history. Come to my lecture at 1:00 pm at the Dallas Public Library on Feb. 17, 2018 to learn more about this inspiring black leader fighting against odds GRIGGS, ALLEN R. (ca. 1850– 1922). Allen R. Griggs, Baptist minister, was born a slave, the son of Elbert and Brailla Griggs of Hancock County, Georgia, about 1850. He was brought to Texas at age nine. Griggs joined the Baptist Church in 1869 and was ordained as a missionary five years later. In 1870 he married, and he and his wife had eight children. Their son, Sutton Elbert Griggs, became a noted minister and novelist. In the early 1870s Griggs received his first pastorate at the New Hope Baptist Church in Dallas, RECOGNIZED AS THE FIRST BLACK CHURCH IN DALLAS. He held the position for nearly ten years. He later served as pastor at Macedonia which became Good Street Baptist Church and also founded Griggs Chapel in Dallas. Shortly after the Civil War, he and the church Trustees put their money together and bought a cemetery and a park to celebrate the 19th of June, now called Juneteenth. The City of Dallas bought the Park in 1915 and the Negro Council of Women asked

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Shortly After the end of the Civil War, the freedmen were not allowed to celebrate their emancipation on June 19th because the Confederates felt that June 19th signified the date of their defeat in Texas. In obedience to scripture, Dallas freedman AR Griggs lead an effort to collect monies to purchase a park and a cemetery in North Dallas for blacks to celebrate their freedom, just as the New Englanders

the City to name it after Griggs. In 2016, The City Dedicated the Park as a Dog Park for Uptown. Aside from his church duties, Griggs devoted himself to the education of black Texans. He helped raise funds to establish Bishop College and served that institution as a trustee. He was cofounder of North Texas Baptist College in Denison and several other institutions. He has also been credited with establishing the first black high school in Texas and Texas's first black newspaper. In 1891 Griggs was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree by the State University of Kentucky. In 1873 he was made a member of the World's Parliament of Religions, held in Chicago, and in 1905 he was selected as a delegate from Texas to the Pan-Baptists Congress meeting in London, England. Further religious activities include years spent as corresponding secretary of the National Baptist Educational Board and chief organizer and president of the Texas Baptist State Sunday-School Convention, and chief organizer of the Texas Baptist Foreign Mission Convention and the Texas Negro Biographical and Historical Society. For twenty years he served as moderator of the Northwestern Baptist Association and was moderator of the State Missionary and Superintendent of Missions for Texas for twenty-eight years. Griggs also served as editor for several newspapers including, the Baptist Journal, Baptist Preacher, Centennial Dollar Reporter, Dallas Christian Leaflet, National Baptist Bulletin, and the Western Star, which he served as an associate editor. At the time of his death he was dean of North Texas Baptist College. Griggs died on May 7, 1922, in Denison. He was buried in Dallas.

celebrated their independence from Great Britain on July 4th 1776. In 1915, the City of Dallas Bought the Park from the freedman called. Negro Park. The Council of Negro Woman asked the City to name the Park after AR Griggs. Where is the Park Located Today?

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Love at First Try Skincare 101

By La Tonya Spencer

We know the cliché, “beautiful makeup begins with beautiful skin.” While the cliché is true, but it’s not meant for women “only” men are taking care of their skin, some wear makeup etc. that said, healthy lookLa Tonya Spencer ing skin is desired by everyone. Achieving or maintaining flawless skin is like maintaining or striving to achieve personal or professional goals, committing to a consistent regimen is required. Starting with morning and night cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin removing pollutants, oil and dirt, which

are impurities that’s clogging your pores and ultimately causing breakouts if not removed with facial cleansers, not soap unless it’s a facial cleanser bar in solid form. Regular bathing soap has drying agent properties making it difficult for other products to work properly.

less collagen as we age. Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity -Dark circles under the eyes come from genes, sun damage, age and blood build-up, Products with vitamin C can thicken the skin and help conceal dark circles after about six months, products containing Vitamin B3, and kojic acid can lighten dark circles,” says MD Farris

The Forgotten eye area Protecting the eye area with eye creams According to dermatologist Patricia Ferris, MD a clinical associate professor at Tulane University School of Medicine. Eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around eye. Selecting the right eye cream(s) to address your concerns and including in your morning and night regimen with daily use appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness are minimized.

Most common eye concerns -Fine line and wrinkles, which come from sun damage and our skin making

-Puffiness is a buildup of fluid and blood under the eye Next week’s Love at First Try Skincare 101: masking the skin with a real time testimony latonyaspencer6@gmail.com

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section Celebrates African American History By Dr. Cynthia Marshall Biggins

Americans have established the month of February to focus their historical reflections on the contributions that individuals of African descent have made to this country. Likewise, the Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., held its 16th African American History Celebration, on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Desoto, Texas. The theme for this year was “Celebrating the Past and Present; Envisioning Our Future.” The ladies of the Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section, of the National Council of Negro Women continuously strive to fulfill the organization’s mission which is “to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.” Thus, the program was designed to recognize the achievements of African Amer-

ican Women leaders, for being agents of change who are continuously making a difference in our communities today. The ladies had an outstanding celebration which included the keynote address by Mrs. Mechelle McAllister-Ware and music provided by recording artist Ms. Regina Williams. Ms. Francis Morrison served as the Co-Chair and Ms. Velma Finley, NCNW Life member, served as the

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Chair for the program. The Section President is Mrs. Ruby Randall Henson. She is a Charter member, Life member and served on the Committee for Organization for the Section. Remarks were provided by Dr. Mollie A. Johnson Williams, who is a Life and Legacy Life member of the organization, as well as the Organiz-

er and First President of the Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section. Dr. Williams is also the Northeast Texas Coordinator for The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a voluntary nonprofit membership organization helping women to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and community. The organization was founded in1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. The Mission of the organization is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Charlton Methodist Hospital located at 3500 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas, Texas 75237. For additional information please visit the website at www.ncnw.org


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Black Panther Screening for entire DA Hulcy MS in Oak Cliff on Friday 2/16

By Judge Andrea Martin Judge of the 304th Juvenile District Court in Dallas, Texas.

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I have partnered with a few other judges and community leaders and have adopted THE ENTIRE STUDENT BODY at DA Hulcy Steam Middle School!

We have taken these kids under our wings and have committed to mentoring them, showing up to keep our hands on them, and to do all we can to ensure their success! Also WE ARE REALLY EXCITED

ABOUT what we are doing for them on 2/16!

IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE ARE TAKING ALL 600 6TH, 7TH, AND 8TH GRADERS PLUS THE TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATION TO SEE BLACK PANTHER! We believe that it's important for us to reclaim OUR narrative and to reverse the stereotype that anything black or African is "less-than." We would love for your support in this endeavor and would love to get the word out! The kids are very excited and I’m glad to have the support of DISD and DISD Trustee Joyce Foreman! We have also partnered with the group Black2Life, a group of Black Fathers who are preparing a Red Carpet and an African backdrop for the kids to walk down as

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We are bringing Hollywood to The Hood! The event will take place at 430pm at the Cinemark Theater at IH35 and Pleasant Run in Lancaster on 2/16. Brought to you by the following: Judge Thomas G. Jones Judge Andrea Martin Judge Kim Cooks Honorable Paula Rosales Honorable Symone Redwine Attorney Aiesha Redmond Attorney-Professor Myra McIntosh Attorney Bridgett Whitmore Attorney Marty Jo Taylor Judge Valencia Nash And The Men of Black2Lyfe!

Hon. Symone Redwine, Atty. Myra McIntosh, Judge Andrea Martin, Judge Kim Cooks, and Atty. Aiesha Redmond

18th Annual Destiny Award Luncheon is a Slam Dunk: Featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar NY Times best-selling author, he has written 14 books, including two recent memoirs: Becoming Kareem for young readers, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Coach Wooden The legendary Kareem and Me about his lifelong friendship with Abdul-Jabbar, NBA’s all-time leading famed UCLA coach John Wooden. His scorer, a six-time NBA champion and the Emmy Award-winning HBO Sports docleague’s only 6x MVP, will engage in a live umentary, Kareem: Minority of One, deconversation moderated by former Dallas Maverick and sports commentator, Rolan- buted as HBO’s most watched and highest rated sports documentary of all time. do Blackman, with a message of Legacy, Dr. Myron & Mrs. Barbara Watkins Love and Basketball. will receive the Humanitarian Award in Mr. Abdul-Jabbar is one of a handful honor of their exceptional work and long of influential and respected Black men in history of involvement in civic, educationAmerica who has a national platform as a al, health, and cultural endeavors in the regular contributing columnist for newsDallas community. papers and magazines around the world. A St. Philip’s welcomes Lisa and Kenny St. Philip’s School and Community Center will host its sold out 18th Annual Destiny Award Luncheon on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in the Snyder Activity Center on St. Philip’s campus at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, located in South Dallas. Student showcase demonstrations will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Troutt as this year’s Honorary Chairs, along with Chairman, Peter Kraus, CoChair Courtney Flanagan and Co-Chair Ann Mahowald. Destiny Luncheon’s 2018 major sponsors include: $50,000: Lydia and Bill Addy $25,000: Lisa and Peter Kraus, Diana and Todd Maclin, Mona and David Munson, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Lisa

and Kenny Troutt $10,000: Bank of Texas, Tom Fagadau, Craig Glick, Jerald Sklar and Jeff Zlotky, Liz and Tom Halsey, Lennox International Inc, Lottye and Bobby Lyle, Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group, Jennifer and Jon Mosle Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, Robert S. Kaplan, Jewel and Roland Parrish, Nancy Perot & Rod Jones, State Fair of Texas, Sharon and Kneeland Youngblood

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Elite News Calendar BEAUTY IN THE BRICKS Free to the Public: Beauty in the Bricks, a 1981 documentary about four teenage girls growing up in the West Dallas housing development, will be shown in Dallas on February 17, 2018. The showing will start at 10:00 am at the Lakewest Women's Health Center, 3737 Goldman St, Dallas, Texas.Beauty in the Bricks gives a vivid portrayal of the contrast between the difficult lives of four teenage girls in the West Dallas projects the dreams and aspirations they had for a better life. It is animportant part of West Dallas history and Dallas history in general. The showing on February 17 will be accompanied by short presentations by people involved in the making of the movie, including some of the girls -- now women -- who appeared in it. The event will be hosted by Olinka Green. For more information, call Olinka Green at 214-625-2970. EAST GATE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 2018 POLITICAL OFFICE CANDIDATE PUBLIC FORUM

East Gate Will Host A Voter Education Forum For The March 2018 Primary Election For National, State, & Local City Management Office Positions Throughout Our Greater Dallas Community. Our mission is to provide a well-moderated platform conducive to intelligent and informed public discussion of politically important issues for the election of qualified candidates. Registered campaigning Candidates invited from Dallas County Elections 2018 ballot. MEDIA IS INVITED TO ATTEND, REPORT, AND/ OR BROADCAST LIVE. WHAT: OneOn-One Q&A Public Forum With March 6th Election Political Candidates. WHO: Pastor Kennedy Young, Jr. (Host) & Phyllis Arceneaux (Precinct Chair #3058/

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Host). WHEN: 6:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday(s) 20th AND 27th February WHERE: East Gate Missionary Baptist Church Ÿ 6960 S. Polk Street, Dallas, TX 75232. South Oak Cliff High School presents My Little Sister’s KeeperGuidance For Our Girls Thursday March 1, 2018 Time 9:00am Location 4949 Village Fair, Dallas, Texas 75224

Spring Summit presented by Southern Greens Community Outreach. The Summit is free for Teenagers ages 12—18, registration is required, The Summit will be held on March 10, 2018 from 10am-2pm at the Shiloh Church in Garland.


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SURVIVOR of CIRCUMSTANCE By Kamesha Sheffield

I was able to catch up with the subject of my interviews. To Pursuit her Happiness, she realized that she first had to Rehabilitate herself both Mentally and Spiritually. This was not easy for her to do alone. What made it hard for her was the fact that she still had to somehow survive. Meals and Bills don’t stop as she put it. While doing so SIMONE still had to do the next best thing and that’s learn “HOW” to SURVIVE. What I respect about this young lady the most is that she mentioned that there was a point in her life when she had to realize that she had to adapt to her surroundings and she prayed every day that GOD would not only cover her, but that he would also allow her to never lose sight of Him. She said it was her duty being part of the streets to keep it real but, it was her being a part of GOD that made her stay RIGHTEOUS. Many years later she says she believes that it was the spirit of God that lead her to Nexus Rehabilitation Center. A rehab located right in the belly of the beast but is very successful. While on the way to a job interview. This is where she says her cycle of being rehabilitated continued. I asked her why rehab, I heard all you had to have was “will power”? She said it was her WILL POWER that kept her spiritually alive but GOD showed her that

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Criminal Justice Reform Needs

Legislative Attention

Kamesha Sheffield

she couldn’t do it by herself and she soon realized why. She stated that it was the STRUCTURE that rehab had to offer that she needed. She basically had to learn how to live all over again. How to wake up at a decent hour in order to get things done in the day. How to make a bed again, how to simply motivate herself to be productive in a days’ time. Most of all how to deal with all those disappointments and circumstances that she had suppressed with Drugs. So long story short, she was learning how to address the problems head on instead of putting them on the back burner. This she says for her was a great accomplishment for her and she stated that her best decision eve was when she decided to listen to GOD. kameshaford26@gmail.com

By Judge  Brandon Birmingham,  Presiding  over the  292nd  Judicial District Court, and Presiding Judge of the Felony District Courts in Dallas County. Join him on  his  Facebook  Page – Judge Brandon  Birmingham –Every Friday LIVE at FIVE for “Fridays in Chambers,”  a weekly video summary of what’s happening in the criminal justice system.  

says. “Now, I can get a better job, have a car, have an apartment in my name, and be able to teach others from my mistakes,” adds another graduate. That’s cause to celebrate, and I am proud of each of them. But that’s not why I am writing.  I’m writing because this program needs to be written into Texas law,  I don’t know applicable evabout you, erywhere in but I’ve done the State, not things bejust Dallas. tween the age   As we conof 17 and 24 Judge Brandon Birmingham sider which that I regret. lawmakers to We probably put in office during this election cyall have. For some, those mistakes are cle, I hope they pay attention to some felonies, and that makes those mismuch needed reform in the criminal takes potentially permanent, and perjustice system, like Dallas’s AIM Promanent felony convictions alter the gram. entire trajectory of a person’s life. A felony conviction is a life hindrance   In early 2016, we created a second no matter where the person lives. chance program here in Dallas County We’ve had some growing pains in the called the AIM program. “AIM” stands Program to be sure, but we’ve learned for Achieve, Inspire and Motivate, and a lot, and we are ready to share the is designed for young non-violent ofmodel. fenders between the ages of 17-24. We will all be better off once we begin Non- In order to graduate, particmaking long term solutions the law of ipants have to remain sober, work, the land.  go to school, not commit any other crimes, learn how to do a budget, and Brandon Birmingham complete a life skills course. Judge – 292nd Judicial District Court Once completed, their cases are disPresiding Judge – Criminal District Courts missed and immediately expunged. Dallas County, Texas  We’ve graduated a number of young 214-653-5882 folks, meaning they no longer have that felony anchor dragging them down. “Completing the program has This bench does not belong to me | It belongs to the people freed me mentally, and I can begin my career without anything negative Birmingham4judge@gmail.com holding me back,” one former student

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What’s Your Story Behind the Glory?

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Que’s Corner

by Adrain Moffett One of my favorite scriptures to read is Proverbs 3:5-9: “Give Adrain Moffett thanks unto the Lord with all thy heart: lean not unto thy own understanding, acknowledge him in all thy ways and he shall direct thy path.” I want to pose some questions for you to ponder as a reader. How many times have you doubted your faith in God? Are you convinced that everything YOU HAVE planned is going as scheduled? Have you stopped to think that maybe you did in fact plan your great success story, but failed to take into consideration God’s plan? As soon as things fall apart, we want to question God’s deliverance. Think about it…. Unfortunately, there are so many people who go to sleep on a glorious day, yet these same individuals wake up to their own lives, family, friends or strangers’ world turned upside down. As I reflect on how my own mother dealt with her recurrence of cancer, I am also reminded of all the many caregiving struggles she endured taking care of Dad, her husband, and family members. Mom spent countless hours with my grandmother who was blessed to celebrate her 100th birthday recently. Even when Mother’s health began

to fail her, she never complained because her plans were God’s plans. Throughout everything, I truly believe God was preparing her to climb that glorious mountain top called Faith. God looked at Mother and saw firsthand how she fought a good fight and kept her faith relentlessly. Moreover, I had the opportunity to share my family story with my supervisor. She is a three year breast cancer survivor. I can remember not seeing her at work for several months but didn’t know her situation. When I finally saw her, I noticed there seemed to be a change in her Spirit. Soon after, I found out my supervisor had a double mastectomy. My supervisor emphasized that when she received the news on her cancer, the devastation was tremendous. She felt that she was a burden to her husband and family. Two constant factors remained steadfast, her faith in God and her husband by her side. Ultimately, the reality of life should be precious to each of us. Every single day we must always strive diligently to put God first. Our struggles or plans today can be our success story tomorrow if we allow God to be the bus driver. I believe there is no trip God can’t take us on that we cannot find our way back home. His plans or will is our road map to success. To God be the glory for leading the way!

"Elect" Sandra Jackson for Judge, 302nd Judicial District Court. Early Voting starts February 20, 2018 March 2, 2018. Democratic Primary

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Southwest Dallas County Alumnae The Reactivation of The Bloody Mu Gamma Chapter Of Delta Sigma Theta Chapter of Omega Psi Fraternity Incorporated Sorority, Incorporated The Brotherhood By James Durham

By Oredia Marsh-Smith

Southwest Dallas County Alumnae Chapter Of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Riley, and Derrick Hopkins), Last Friday, February 09, they decided to 2018, marked a historical transfer and moment in the lives of attend Prairie several men who attendView A&M ed Bishop College and University. pledged Omega Psi Phi These 3 Fraternity Inc. Yes, old Bishop Blue. men had just As you may or may pledged the not remember, Bishop illustrious College closed in the fraternity at James Durham Bishop and due mid-80s (I believe 1986 to be exact) and students to the college had to decide what to do being closed, meant that the about their college dreams and fraternity’s charter would careers. become inactive. Well, for 3 distinctive men On January 18, 2018, the International Headquarters of of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Inc. Mu Gamma Chapter voted to REACTIVATE The (Anthony Bushel, Marcus

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Bloody Mu Gamma Chapter as a graduate chapter in the DFW area. Mu Gamma conducted its’ first formal meeting in over 32 years last Friday and will begin servicing the Irving, Texas area under the leadership of Basileus, Gregory “Conan” Williams. The Chapter will be participating and conduction various programs that are aligned with our International Headquarters’ Mandated programs. Please visit our website at http://www.bloodymugammaques.com/ to learn more about The Bloody Mu Gamma graduate chapter.

On April 30, 2004, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, chartered a new chapter in the southern sector of Dallas County. Southwest Dallas County Alumnae Chapter (SWDCA) officially launched a new era of community service concentrated throughout Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster and Wilmer. SWDCA promotes the sorority’s national Five-Point Program Thrust in its commitment to Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. Educational Development SWDCA Chapter sponsors youth mentoring programs which seek to offer opportunities for youth to learn and develop leadership skills while serving others in their local community. Our youth programs are Dr. Betty Shabazz Academy (Girls ages 11 - 14), Delta G.E.M.S. (Girls ages 14 - 18), and EMBODI program for males (ages 11-17). Political Awareness and Involvement One of the first public acts of our sorority occurred on March 3, 1913 when our founders participated in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, DC. The Social Action Committee has remained an active catalyst for change. Collaborating with the Dallas County Elections Department, our chapter deputized citizens in the community. The Social Action Committee also hosts local candidate’s forums to inform the community of individuals running for political offices in the community. Local elections are pivotal in our community, therefore we are committed to leave our mark on society and to not let injustices remain unaddressed. Physical and Mental Health SWDCA has hosted fitness/weight loss challenges, as well as, mental/ physical health symposiums. Our annual Discover Something Tea, highlights individuals in our community with rare diseases. We also participate annually in the Sisters Network Breast Cancer Walk, St. Jude Walk, March of Dimes, and Relay For Life hosted by the American Cancer Society.  For over the past 5 years, we average $8,000 each year for Relay For Life. 


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Belt and Tie Affair By Kristina Dove We know that one of the most difficult parts of life as a woman can be in between the time that we leave high school and set out on this journey called adulthood. On March 1st, we are hoping that women of Dallas will come together in partnership to partner in the progress of young ladies at South Oak Cliff High School preparing to embark upon this most important journey. Douglas Grace created an event for boys back on February 5th in which belts and ties were presented to the high school boys from their mentors. This event brought more than 100 men into the school spend some time giving back, many of them to a school they once attended. Douglas decided to team up with Kristina Dove, one of the key organizers in the Breakfast with Dads event that occurred in South Dallas back in December, to help organize his event. “I can remem-

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ber during one of our planning meetings, Doug saying to me, Kristina, I do not want to forget about the girls, as soon as we are done with this for the boys, we are going to do one with the girls.” – (Kristina) He kept his word. On March 1st at 9 AM we are asking for the women of Dallas to show up in record numbers for the senior girls at South Oak Cliff High School. The event will last one hour and a half and feature a mini vision board- goal setting exercise, led by Founder of Blossom Academy, Nikomo Logan. Blossom Academy focuses on the social and emotional well-being of girls entering all and currently attending college. We hope to create a pipeline for mentors to foster consistent relationships with a group that needs them the most, young girls entering womanhood. We are in need of 150 women to register for this event so that all 150 of the senior girls can have a 1 on 1 experience. The beauty of this event is that it will book-end with a college fair later that evening at 5 PM there on the campus. We hope that some of the goal setting taking place during their morning will carry over into their college fair experience.

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“What if….” histories stir the imagination, leaving people wondering how their lives could have been different if alternative decisions had been made. History and sports fans alike will find the “What if….” of the major leagues being integrated long before Jackie Robinson a fascinating option to consider. And how would twenty-one stars of the black baseball team era (Negro Leagues and independent black teams) like to be honored? At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Bob May will discuss his acclaimed two-book series, The Best Season – The First Ninety Games (published July 2012) and The Best Season – The Challenging Finish (published August 2017) at the Allen Public Library. Honoring Black Baseball players through highly sophisticated game simulation and prodigious research, Bob’s books give startling statistics on how baseball could have been different had black players been allowed to participate in major league baseball during its segregated era. Through sophisticated simulated baseball board games, the skills of the batter are pitted against the skills of the pitcher. “The purpose of this two-book series is to honor these twenty-one players from the Negro Leagues on the field,” Bob explains. “They were all so passionate about playing baseball. It is important to me to have people read the books, and share the joy of box seats behind the Black Ball Stars dugout for 165+ games against 375 of the best Major League ballplayers (1881-1987). Talk about it! I also believe the books honor ALL who have played Black Ball.” Bob May is an author, speaker, and baseball historian. A popular speaker for civic groups, churches and educational institutions, Bob discusses his startling findings and honors Negro League legends. If you have a friend or family member who was in Negro League Baseball, bring us their story! Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free. Call 214-509-4911 for more information. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.

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PANTHER BASKETBALL LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK IN WHITEOUT GAME VS. JACKSON STATE ON MEET THE TEAMS NIGHT PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Prairie View A&M basketball teams look to bounce back from tough outcomes when the teams return to action hosting Jackson State Monday night in the William J. Nicks Building. The Lady Panthers (8-14 overall, 6-5 SWAC) and Panthers (9-16, 6-5) are looking for wins Monday in the final game of a three-game homestand before playing four of the next six games on the road to conclude the regular season. Monday’s doubleheader is the Whiteout Game against Jackson St. and has a special start time of 5 p.m. with a live video stream on pvpanthers.com/sportsnetwork. At the conclusion of the women’s game around 7 p.m., the PVAMU baseball, golf, softball, tennis and track and field teams will greet fans and distribute schedule posters. At 8 p.m., men’s basketball will play live on ESPNU. In a down to the wire matchup the

Lady Panthers fell over the course of the last few minutes to the Grambling State Lady Tigers 75-68. Shala Dobbins paced the Lady Panthers in scoring with 21 points in 37 minutes of action. Talisha Presley added 14 points on 54 percent shooting from the floor. La’Neique Nealey registered her second double-double of the season tallying 12 points and 14 rebounds. Jackson State (12-9, 7-5) sits in the number four spot in the SWAC after falling to Texas Southern 71-66. Marneisha Hamer led the Lady Tigers with 15 points, while Derica Wiggins came off the bench adding 12 points. The Panther men are looking to rebound from a 90-85 loss to Grambling State, which ended a four-game winning streak for Prairie View A&M. Despite Saturday’s loss, PVAMU is only two games out of first place. Gary Blackston scored a team-high 25

points along with seven rebounds and six assists. Zachary Hamilton scored 19 points with five rebounds. Dennis Jones scored 13 points and added seven assists. J.D. Wallace scored nine points and had his second straight double-digit rebound game with 11 boards while also tallying three blocks. PVAMU shot 49.2 percent from the field (30-61), 30.4 % from three-point range (7-of-23), and 64.3% from the freethrow line (18-28). It was the first time in five games the Panthers did not shoot above 50 percent from the field After opening SWAC play with six straight conference wins, Jackson State (10-15, 7-5) has lost five of its last six games. The Tigers lost at Texas Southern 86-75 Saturday night. Jeremiah Jefferson scored 25 points, and Maurice Rivers scored 21 off the bench. Rivers is 11th the SWAC in scoring (13.3 ppg.) and tied for ninth in rebounds (5.3 rpg.)

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Southern Greens Community Outreach is a non-profit organization, 501(c) (3), who mission is to work with comAt Southern Greens it munities empowering the is our mission to focus on lives of our young children. the ongoing issues of our We provide a transforcommunity involving our mative life-changing atjuveniles to strengthen their mosphere by educating, Bill Gipson ability to reach higher heights. inspiring, and enhancing the Create space for ongoing development of our children. programs and initiatives that advance Our focus is to work together with our mission to develop community community partners in creative ideals to form into action for the next genera- projects that will focus on reading literacy, promoting health and wellness, tional leaders. job training programs, college prep Southern Greens outlines our path tutoring programs, life skills programs, forward with a wide array of educational literacy and juvenile delinquency and economic development. Service Areas: developmental programs to decrease I. Educational Engagement the prison pipeline. II. Community Comrades We will help to build character, III. Student Lounge citizenship, civic responsibility and Bill Gipson

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