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In Conversation with Zan Wesley Holmes

You have to wonder when this man sleeps. There seems to be barely a pause between when he is “live� on TV One or FaceBook, interviewing guests or talking with Tom Joyner on the radio, or sharing insight on some other medium, on a daily basis. A consummate professional who takes pride on being prepared anytime he opens his mouth, veteran journalist Roland S. Martin, who spent a significant part of his career honing his craft in the Dallas-Fort Worth Market, returns to the Metroplex on February 17, 2016 to share his thoughts and analyses of today’s hot issues at “In Conversation - An Evening with Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. and Roland S. Martin,� 7:00 p.m., at St. Luke “Community� United Methodist Church, 5710 East. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas. In Conversation is “presented by Roland Parrish and Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants.� Mr. Martin is the perfect thought leader to generate a dialogue that will awe and challenge people in the Dallas community. His devoted and ever-increasing following, spans generations, cultures, socio-economic status and religions. Whether he is talking to the POTUS or giving a commencement address at a university, you can expect truthful, factual and oftentimes humorous commentary on a myriad of topics. Mr. Martin crosses all lines appealing to many and he’s not afraid to tackle any issue or address any individual. You could say the same thing about Rev. Holmes. The pastor has been a spiritual advisor to so many and he has been at the forefront of addressing many of the seemingly volatile and potentially polarizing issues surfacing in the past 50 years. He was and still is viewed as a voice of reason.

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To have the two men, in conversation, is definitely more than a Kodak moment! Benefiting the Zan W. Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center (ZWHJCOC), which is named after the long-time activist, pastor, educator and former Texas state legislator; the 4th annual event has previously featured former Dallas Mayor and Ambassador Ron Kirk and Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, to packed houses. Rev. Holmes, the Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke, says he is excited that his fraternity brother

Parrish Restaurants’ Texas Black Sports HOF 2017 Class includes Dickerson and Foreman

Two of the greatest athletes to have competed in the second half of the 20th century in their respective sport, along with several track and field sensations who won numerous World and Olympic medals, will be enshrined as part George Foreman Eric Dickerson of the 2017 Class of the Parrish RestauMuseum in Fair Park. Meet and greet the rant Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame (TB- inductees after the inductees’ roundtable. SHOF), under the theme, “Celebrating The 2017 Class Inductees include: Eric Athletic Brilliance.� This new class makes Dickerson, Football; George Foreman, up one of the strongest ever in over two Boxing; Edward Bell, Football; Orien decades of recognizing pure sports excel- Brown, Track; Kenneth Burrough, Footlence with Lone Star State connections. ball; Dexter Bussey, Football; T.C. Collins The 21st Class of TBSHOF will be formal- (Posthumous), Coaching; Carlette Guidryly recognized at the Induction Luncheon Falkquay, Track; Audrey Reid-German, Ceremony on February 25, 2017, 11:30 Track; Johnny “Lam� Jones, Football; Vea.m., at the Crown Plaza Dallas Market rida Walter-Taplin, Track; J.W. White, Golf; Center, 7050 N. Stemmons Frwy., Dallas, and Byron Williams, Football. Texas, 75247. The Legends Reception will “The 2017 Class of the Texas Black be held on Friday, February 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The African American See SPORTS, page 5

will be participating this year. Widely respected and mentors to many, both Holmes and Martin are members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. A sold-out event is antic-

ipated as the award-winning, quick-witted journalist is sure to provide memorable and thought-provoking commentary on among many things; education, politics, public policy and empowerment, which are among the issues focused on at ZWHJCOC. Previously Mr. Martin lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, first as a city hall reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Prior to moving to D/FW, he was the county government and neighbors reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. The Texas A&M University distinguished alum previously served as owner/publisher of Dallas-Fort Worth Heritage, a Christian monthly newspaper and managing editor of the Dallas Weekly, which he led to a number of local, state and national journalism awards. Additionally Mr. Martin has worked as morning drive reporter for KRLD/1080 AM; news director and morning anchor at KKDA-AM. A former board member for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), as a student and then a professional; Mr. Martin leaves his mark wherever he goes and the “In Conversation� audience is in for an eye-opening, mouth-dropping, Tweetable and “Googlable� evening, says organizers.

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Expo to expunge criminal records Dallas CIty Councilwoman Tiffinni A. Young (c), District Attorney Faith Johnson and District Clerk Felicia Pitre recently announced plans for Dallas’ first ever Expungement Expo! The expo will focus on expunging criminal records and feature an array of additional services such as an employment fair, social services, and other supports for formerly incarcerated individuals. Pointing out that the Expo will be a first for Dallas, Councilwoman Young said it will be held at Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, 1101 C.B.T. Smith Street in Dallas. Anyone interested in participating must first register on


March 4 at Golden Gate, to prequalify and receive complete information about the process. Violent criminals, repeat

offenders and domestic violence cases will not be eligible. For more info, contact Ms. Young at 214-670-4689


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Black History Month COMMUNITY CALENDAR Feb 18

The Dallas Art Fair ninth edition of the fair will take place from April 6 through April 9 at the Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.). SPECIAL EXHIBIT - FILMING THE CAMPS: FROM HOLLYWOOD TO NUREMBERG Features the work of three filmmakers: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and George Stevens. It explores the filmmakers’ experiences during and after World War II, the footage they captured of Nazi atrocities, and the impact the war had on their careers. At Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance 211 N. Record Street Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75202 from 9:30 AM -5:00 PM

February 17 General Election Filing Deadline Is Feb. 17 Garland residents may file for a place on the May 6, 2017, General Election ballot for the offices of Mayor and City Council Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8. Anyone interested in candidacy must submit the required documents to the City Secretary’s Office before the filing deadline of Friday, Feb. 17. Candidate packets are available online and may be picked up at the Office of the City Secretary, 200 N. Fifth St. ***** The Verna’s H.E.L.P. Foundation is proud to announce our 1st FREE event for 2017. The Annual Business Workshop-Feb. 17, 2017 at Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150 Building S , In Conversation with Rev. Zan Holmes Jr. and Roland S. Martin, at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, 5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway at 7 pm

Dine in Love Valentine’s Day Dinner Marsalis Avenue Baptist Church 7-9pm RSVP to 225-354-5519. Sponsored by MAMBC Dynamic Marriage Ministry 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 - Cornerstone Baptist Church, 819 MLK Jr. Blvd., will welcome all schools in Trustee District 9 and campuses in the African-American Success Initiative to celebrate literature and literacy at the annual African-American Read-In. 2017 Empower Series Collaboration Principal featuring Munson Steed, publisher of Rolling Out Auditorium @ Highland Hills Library 6200 Bonnie View Road, Dallas. Register at Doors Open: 10:00 a.m. Program Time: 10:15 a.m. - Noon MARDI GRAS TEXAS STYLE! 2017 Celebrating its 16th year, Mardi Gras Texas Style! is one-of-a-kind music festival that takes place in the historic State Fairgrounds. All of the food, fun and flavor of the best Mardi Gras celebration combined with 20 of the hottest Texas County Music acts on 5 stages make this party the only place to be. This outstanding day is also an outstanding value with general admission tickets only $35.00 in advance or $45.00 at the door. A Community Black History Program If you are in the Dallas area and looking for a community event that will be hi-lighting Black History this event will consist of Music, Dance and well as special appearances from city officials! This event is FREE and is open to ALL! On Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6:00PM, at The United Methodist Church of the Disciple - 220 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Desoto, TX 75115

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Millennial and Multicultural Sales Summit Learn best practices for recruiting, hiring and developing millennial and multicultural sales teams - 9:00 am to 1:30 pm . TXU Energy Customer Center, Irving, TX. 75039 Register Now $49 + your copy of “Why Millennial Sales People Now”!Sales Trac Coaching & Management Development, Inc., 13111 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243

The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. The Climb will be held at the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Feb 22 Dallas City Councilman Casey Thomas II hosts a Meet and Greet for the new city manager T.C. BROADNAX Dallas Baptist Univ 6-8pm

Feb 25

MOCCA Black and White Gala

Park Plaza Tower 13111 N. Central Epwy


March 2 REMEMBERING JOSEPH SMITH “Pretrial Matters, Matter” discussion at 6:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center [2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Dallas

African American History program Feb 25,2017 12 noon until 4;pm SOUTH DALLAS CULTURAL CENTER 3400 S FITZHUGH DALLAS,TEXAS 75210 “ theme: Reflecting on our past to Establish our future.” COMMUNITY DISCUSSION 3PM.

March 4 Citizens’ Civil Academy Judge Staci Williams presents Spring 2017 Citizens’ Academy. A free, non-partisan program about the Civil Court system. Held on March 4th,11th,18th. For more details and to register

Orange Girls Rock 2K17

Orange Girls Rock is a high energy, interactive, educational summit for girls ages 11-17 that is held in February of each year to commemorate, National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. From 11:00 AM to 2:00 pm

March 10-12

African American Heritage Night For the Dallas NPHC

National Association of Black Journalists Regional Conference Marriott Medical Market Center Stemmons Freeway Dallas Mavericks vs. the New Orleans Pelicans!! At 7PM. Located at American Airlines Pre-Game MEET AND GREET @ The AAC’s Eighteen76 Lounge- Post Game PARTY @ The AAC’s LEXUS CLUB- Halftime Performance by JALIL & EXSTACY Formally of WHODINI Tickets ON SALE NOW at: (no ‘www’) password: aahn Amoud Foundation Program Sheraton DFW at 6pm with special guest MN State Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American, Muslim State Representative.

Learn how you can receive $100,000 for college funding, by investing $7,000. This little known unique financial strategy is used by wealthy individuals to create large amounts of money daily. To receive free details on how to get access to this financial strategy, please call 214-962-0951. This opportunity is available only for those who can invest $7,000. This program is limited so call today.

March 12

Friendship Circle of Dallas Carnival open to all, carnival attractions include magic show, juggling show, light dinner, bring a costume to automatically enter in rafle. Located at JCC Senior Assembly Lounge, 7900 Northaven Rd. Carnival starts at 4:00 PM

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March 26

The Pearls of Persia - Mother Daughter Tea Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Chi Zeta Omega Chapter along with Pearls of Service, Incorporated annual Mother Daughter Tea--”The Pearls of Persia.” This year we will be celebrating our 2017 Debutantes and their mothers in elegant style on a journey filled with the magic of Persia.


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Welcoming Refugees in the Midst of a Travel Ban FROM THE HILL

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

On January 27, 2017, just a week after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order implementing a travel ban for entry to the United States for travelers from seven countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. The order was signed hastily and has had disastrous ramifications. Alarmingly, the travel ban also includes those who have a valid visa from one of those seven countries, and there have been reports of people being detained from countries off of this list. It is becoming a Muslim Ban, fulfilling the worst of Donald Trump’s promises during his divisive campaign. Exclusivity of this nature does not represent us as a people and country. If Donald Trump’s Administration does not reverse course, we will be remembered as a nation made up of

General Election Filing Deadline Garland residents may file for a place on the May 6, 2017, General Election ballot for the offices of Mayor and City Council Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8. Anyone interested in candidacy must submit the required documents to the City Secretary’s Office before the filing deadline of Friday, Feb. 17. Candidate packets are available online and may be picked up at the Office of the City Secretary, 200 N. Fifth St.

Garland Police Dept. Now accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Recruit. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5 pm (CST). Entrance examination is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 8 am CST. For questions contact a recruiter at 888-6707932 or email to

DCHHS Reports Sixth Flu Related Death of Season Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the sixth flu related death in Dallas County for the 2016-2017 season. The 83-year-old resident of Dallas died after compliZachary Thompson cations from the seasonal flu. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information. “Our sympathies go to the families and loved ones of the individual who has passed away,” said DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson. “These deaths are an unfortunate reminder that the flu virus is circulating in Dallas County, and does have the potential to cause severe illness and death.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged 6 months and older, with rare exception. Individuals should discuss flu vaccine concerns with a health care provider. The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1virus. The adult vaccine is given in the adult immunization clinic on the first floor at the DCHHS building located at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy in Dallas. The children’s vaccine is available at all DCHHS immunization clinics. Clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments aren’t necessary. For more information call 214-819-2162. Several simple things can help prevent the spread of seasonal influenza: 1. 2.

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immigrants that lost its values due to hate and fear. In a White House press release, the President attempted to justify his insensitivity to humanity by stating, “the United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.” Under the executive order the U.S. refugee program is suspended for 120 days while indefinitely not allowing refugees to enter from Syria. What is disheartening to me, is that these are suffering humans who have risked everything to flee persecution and danger, and they have already undergone a nearly two year rigorous vetting process in order to enter the U.S. Nevertheless, all of the sudden thousands are being turned away due to this hasty and hateful ban. When refugees arrive to our country and here in the Dallas area they are welcomed by generous families, church members, and citizens who work with nonprofits who help them become acclimated to a new city and country,

enroll their children in schools, assist them in learning English and applying for jobs so they can fully participate in our democracy. They appreciate America and came here to contribute to American life—they should not be greeted with hostility. In Dallas and North Texas we have opened our doors to refugees fleeing war and persecution and famine and poverty – welcoming them to our community, because we believe. People deserve peace, no matter where they come from. Parents should not have to shelter or hinder their children from adventure because of the dangers that await them. Additionally, children should be able to receive a quality education. These are basic privileges that we so often take for granted in America, not realizing that refugees are seeking to have a more fulfilled life and become contributors of society instead of hidden beings. Our communities are not threatened by our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters; in fact they have allowed us to reflect on who we are as people by showing compassion and

truly living out the foundation this nation was built upon. We will continue to respect religious differences and I will promote dialogue between citizens of the community through our annual workshops that promote awareness around Refugee Day. Perhaps there is some underlying fear my Republican colleagues have with the arrival of immigrants and refugees – noting the newest bill being proposed to curtail the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter the country. As the travel ban is currently under review in the lower courts, the Trump administration is seeking a reversal of its temporary suspension to move forward. However, instead of continuously stoking the fears of innocent Americans, we need to remember that there are people around the world and whom we live among that are attempting to live a better life. The North Texas and Dallas community continues to prosper because of how immigrants and refugees contribute positively to our community and help us build a stronger state and nation.

from your face. Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill. Stay home if you are sick or keep family members home if they are sick. If you haven’t done it already, consider protecting yourself with a flu vaccination.

McMahon as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “Small businesses are the engine of our national economy,” McMahon said upon her confirmation. “I will Linda McMahon work to revitalize a spirit of entrepreneurship in America. Small businesses want to feel they can take a risk on an expansion or a new hire without fearing onerous new regulations or unexpected taxes, fees and fines that will make such growth unaffordable. We want to renew optimism in our economy.” “I want to thank President Trump for this opportunity to join his Administration and to advocate for our nation’s small business owners and entrepreneurs,” McMahon said. “I would also like to express my appreciation to Joe Loddo for his leadership as Acting Administrator during this transition, along with everyone

at the SBA for the hard work they are doing to support America’s small businesses.” In testimony on January 24 before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, McMahon discussed her hands-on experience managing and helping to grow small businesses. “As an entrepreneur myself, I have shared the experiences of our nation’s small business owners. My husband and I built our business from scratch. We started out sharing a desk. Over decades of hard work and strategic growth, we built it into a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees. I am proud of our success – I know every bit of the hard work it took to create that success.” “I believe in leadership by example. As a CEO, I never expect employees to do anything I am not willing to do myself. I believe in setting expectations and holding people accountable, but trusting them to do the job for which they were hired. I look forward to working with the SBA staff. I am eager to learn from their experience and expertise. I will listen, and their ideas, concerns and recommendations will be taken seriously.”

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Diversion program’s first graduates honored After the completion of its inaugural year, the Achieve Inspire Motivate diversion program honored its first graduates this week. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office established the Achieve Inspire Motivate diversion program, otherwise known as AIM, in February 2016 in an effort to reduce recidivism rates and thus the cost to Dallas County residents, by providing an alternative means of justice. Among the many diversion initiatives in the Dallas County criminal justice system, AIM, which is presidJudge Brandon ed over by Hon. Brandon Birmingham Birmingham, is District Attorney-driven and targets first-time felony offenders aged 18-24 years. Participants spend approximately 12 months receiving the tools and resources needed to become productive and contributing members of society, rather than repeat offenders, thereby making Dallas County a smarter, safer community. After completing a rigorous and individualized curriculum for success, participants graduate, their case is dismissed and made eligible for immediate expunction. “These graduates have earned this dismissal, thereby removing a large barrier to future jobs, schooling, and overall success. I am hopeful that this will be the first of many graduates to come as this one-of-a-kind program continues to grow.” Judge Birmingham said. Although the program was started prior to her administration, District Attorney Faith Johnson whole-heartedly supports its mission to provide an alternative, more effective means of justice to non-violent youth. “Mass incarceration has cost our taxpayers too much money without producing any real contributions to a healthy community.” District Attorney Faith Johnson said. “It is our responsibility to keep dangerous offenders off the streets, use money prudently and give everyone a fighting chance at a successful life. That’s what programs like AIM, are all about.” The event, honoring five graduates, featured District Attorney Johnson as the guest speaker.

McMahon confirmed as SBA Administrator WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate confirmed on Tuesday President Donald Trump’s nomination of Linda E.

16 million on brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa The Humanitarian

on the ground, distributing dry food to the affected arCoordinator for Somaeas of NW Somaliland and lia, Peter de Clercq, has NE Somaliland. warned that unless a Our representative in the massive and urgent Horn of Africa is pleading to scale up of humanithe international commutarian assistance takes nity to urgently respond to place, famine could the plight of this communisoon be a reality in ty. some of the worst At the Amoud Foundadrought-affected areas tion’s annual fundraising in Somalia. dinner on February 25, 2017 Since 2014 this at the Sheraton DFW at drought and famine 6pm, the special guest will have been revisited State Rep. Ilhan Omar be MN State Rep. Ilhan Omar, causing a massive food the first Somali-American, shortage. 8 out of 10 in the Muslim State Representative. Somali population need food assistance. Amoud Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofAccording to the UN, there is also 8 million people in Ethiopia and 1.5 million in it, based in Irving, TX. Amoud Foundation has been working in the areas of health, Kenya in need. The drought and the famine are spread- education, and providing clean water ing through the region due to the slow since 1998. Visit or call response from the international commuthe Amoud Foundation office at 972-871nity. Amoud Foundation has been working 8297 to learn more.

I want him. Not his children!

Ask Alma Dear Alma, I’m getting married in two months and the mother of his children is giving me hell. One day she says the kids (ages 6 and 12) can be in the wedding and the next day she says no. His son who’s six is our ring bearer and his daughter who’s 12 is a junior bride’s maid. Our relationship has become very strained because of her unwillingness to get along with me. I have spent the last year planning our dream wedding and now I don’t think it’s a good idea for his children to participate. How do I tell my fiancé I don’t want his children in our wedding? Anonymous Dear Anonymous, You don’t. When you marry him, you’re marrying his children, too. They should be a part of the ceremony. He’s entering this relationship with what some would refer to as baggage. Make up your mind if you’re really ready to take this trip. It ain’t gonna be a vacation, let me just put that right on out there. You’re marrying a man who hasn’t attained re-


spectable closure with the mother of his children. That should be on his to-do list, not yours. And don’t dismiss the children because he hasn’t handled his business. If he doesn’t, it’s easy to see, an abundance of childish challenges to come. It’s time for the three of you “grown folks” to sit down at the table, rationally discuss and agree to make the children your first priority. It doesn’t matter how you feel or how she feels because this ain’t about feelings. It’s about positive parenting and orchestrating the best example of teaching children they are loved, valued and precious treasures in your life. Blending families isn’t new and it isn’t easy. It takes prayer, hard work and a strong last nerve, LOL. Get ready to suck it up. If you love him, you’ve got to love his kids like you birthed ‘em. Give in to the battle between you and his ex. You’re wearing the white gown; throw in the white towel. Let her know calmly and respectfully, the kids are welcome to be in the wedding, which will take place with or without her blessing. Tell her you’re willing to go to the wall for your soon-to-be husband and their kids. Your wedding day is important, but the blending of these two families takes precedence. The best wedding gift you can give your fiancé, stepbridemama, is making sure his children are a part of that special day. Alma


HALL: To Allow is to Teach? QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall

It sounds clichĂŠ, but you have to mentally dig into it in order to get the meaning. A former soulmate told me this once after I complained about how badly she treated me. With a look of gleeful revenge she told me that she was exercising the relationship rights that I bequeathed to her. You know that this will lead to a menacing montage on Resident Trump eventually, but let me purify the thought so that this golden rule shines through. Every time me and said-ex had an argument, I exercised the nuclear option. My retort every time for several months was; “I’m through with you.â€? Time would pass, I would relent and she would violate me again. By allowing her to treat me like a fool, I was teaching her that is was ok. If you allow a bully to

bully, you are teaching the bully to bully. This rule is precisely why the 68% of America who would never have voted for Resident Trump must keep a viable vigil in the streets and in the courts. “Twitler� Trump was allowed to insult, embarrass and engorge every individual and institution he wanted to for an entire campaign cycle. We taught him well. By virtue of the political successes he wrought for himself and his cadre of liars, thieves and ne’erdo-wells, America has taught him that he can castigate, prevaricate and discriminate against any and everybody he pleases. If you were ever in wonder why past Black culture was replete with the history of good ass whippings, now you understand. Most of us firmly believe that what Resident Trump lacked most in his child hood, was a braided switch. A lack of “proportional� discipline must explain

why your “Demander-in-Chief� acts his shoe size rather than his age. Donald John Trump whimpers and has tantrums because he was obviously allowed to do so as a child. As a result of his wealth being handed to him and never having to be subject to the pressures of a business hierarchy model, he is sensitive and lashes out as a means of coping with his deep-seeded inferiority complex. His close friend and confidant, shock jock, Howard Stern said as much in a recent interview. “I personally wish that he had never run. I told him that,� Stern said. “Because I actually think this is something that is going to be very detrimental to his mental health, too. Because he wants to be liked, he wants to be loved; he wants people to cheer for him. I don’t think this is going to be a healthy experience for him.�

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“It’s a very difficult job,â€? he continued. “And Donald Trump, he really does want to be loved. ‌ and that drives him a lot. I think that he has a very sensitive ego, and when you’re president, people are going to be very, very critical.â€? If Resident Trump is going to satisfy his narcissistic needs, he will have to do all he can to keep his Klan captain; Steve Bannon, his billionaire kakistocracy and the Christian “rightâ€? in his corner. However, every xenophobic and nationalistic move he makes to please them will create more angst among the masses of Americans who loathe him; in sight and in utterance. To allow is to teach and so the time has come for us to teach Resident Trump what we will and will not tolerate. We will not tolerate having the Muslim religion impaled. We will not allow a return to the patriarchal society that treats women and anything other than a White male as “less than’s.â€? We will not allow Trump’s crass behavior toward the press and the judiciary to continue. It’s time that we teach this 11 year old some manners. My ex taught me!! Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist, writer and award-winning columnist.

Etiquette: Like Berries on the Vine

My Day

Meaning blatantly that even though you may be overqualified for that job or promotion, you are not a ‘fit’ for the success of the What is etiquette? My simply mission. definition is... etiquette is not Where is all of this going? something you do, it is who How do you explain a sociyou are. ety that is declining before your very eyes? Al Jarreau Etiquette is like berries on What is the answer? What the vine. If you don’t do anything about it, it pieces of the puzzle is missing? fails and falls to the ground. I am saddened by the lack of common manners as I go about my day. I hear so many express that etiquette is dead. Recently, on the evening news, an unbelievOr, where is etiquette? I do admit that it has able disturbance occurred. Because of their discomfort with the matter, passengers starttwo faces. One, the example is not intently set and it ed deplaning as the pilot spoke. People with drones and guns, endanger othhas not been taught. Etiquette is paramount in our everyday lives. I hesitate to demote it to er citizens every minute of the day, due to their a lost art, but it is an endangered institution. lack of competence and respect. Additionally, However, segments of our society use it very we bump into people of other cultures, diswell. . . separating the wheat from the grass. abilities and dismiss the courtesies due. Your phone is not a vital organ. You can live without it. Try an hour a day.

By Dr. J. Ester Davis First etiquette . . .Do unto others quote. Your dog is cute, but dogs do not shop. And they are not welcomed everywhere. Please do not announce deaths in a text. Say “excuse me,� when you bump into any human being. Learn to write and spell correctly in English. Use your turn signal more often than your mouth or middle finger.

Al Jarreau died this week at age 76, and I just loved that song “We’re In This Love Together.â€? He was a marvelous entertainer. You know the words‌â€?cause, we’re in this love together.â€? As I started writing this article and groovin’ to Al Jarreau’s chords on the internet, the two loves just merged into so many thoughts. The love for ourselves and our society is “something we never want to lose.â€? The love for God’s magnificent creatures is something we do not want to lose. Like berries on the vine. . we need to get sweeter. . . not deeper in mayhem. The sheer fact is whatever it is . . . we are all in this “loveâ€? together. Thanks, Al Jarreau for the memories. Ester Davis can be reached at Join us @ROPP for Girls, Concord Baptist Church, Feb. 25, with Women of Wisdom(WOW). Thanks Dr. Hollie-Theodeaux for “Marriage Forever Couplesâ€? held at the Dallas City Hall Flag Room.

Civil rights will suffer under Sessions SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER by REV. JESSE JACKSON, SR

Donald Trump’s first three weeks in office have left Americans reeling from what Republican speechwriter Peggy Noonan called his “cloud of crazy.� His cabinet nominees seem intentionally perverse: an education secretary who has no clue about public schools; an energy secretary who wanted to eliminate the department; a treasury secretary from Goldman Sachs who ran a home foreclosure factory. So when a white nationalist sympathizer, Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, was confirmed to be attorney general, it passed by as just another absurdity. The coverage of the confirmation battle focused primarily on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s outrageous muzzling of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as she tried to read a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King criticizing Sessions. The muzzling was an unforgivable indignity. Lost in the furor was the thrust of King’s letter. She was writing to urge the Republican-led Senate of the time to reject President Reagan’s nomination of Sessions to the federal bench because he had “used the power of his office

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TriceEdney Wire Service – Some years ago, I visit the House Congressional Post Office to purchase Black Heritage Stamps. I made my request, and the clerk indicated he’d have to “check in the back” to get them. When I asked why there were none at the counter, he said they didn’t keep them out front because some people are offended when they receive Black stamps without requesting them. Needless to say, his response was shocking and has caused me to request Black stamps always thereafter! On Friday, January 31, 2014, I was privileged to be in Brooklyn, NY, to attend the issue ceremony for the stamp commemorating the service of the Honorable Shirley Chisholm. This beautiful ceremony was a fitting tribute to the memory of an esteemed Black woman, held in the District she represented for seven terms. She began her political career in 1964 as a member of the NY State Legislature. In 1968, she defeated Republican James Farmer for the 12th Congressional District seat and became the first Black woman elected to Congress. I n 1971, she became a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and later became the founding chair of the organization

for which I now serve as Chair. Ms. Chisholm secured an assignment to the Education and Labor Committee which gave her the opportunity to provide the greatest service to her district. She knew how much her constituents needed education and jobs. She worked tirelessly to improve the prospects for both. Throughout her service in Congress, she worked tirelessly to improve opportunities for inner-city residents. Recognizing its disparate impact, she vigorously opposed the Viet Nam War and the military draft. She saw the greater good of ending the war and diverting significant portions of the military budget to constructive social services, healthcare and education. She was a feminist of the practical order. While she was acutely aware of the elements of racial discrimination, she had a great concern about addressing elements of sex discrimination. Rejecting racial and gender stereotypes, all of the members of her congressional staff were women and 50% of them were African American! In 1972, Ms. Chisholm declared her candidacy for President of the United States. Doing so, she became the first Black major-party candidate for President and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party nomination. Ultimately, she acknowledged that her campaign for the nomination would be unsuccessful, but stated that “in spite of hopeless odds,” her run was being conducted “to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.” Although she didn’t receive her party’s nomination, she did receive 152 first-ballot votes

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Sports Hall of Fame is not only a celebration of athletic brilliance, but is also a celebration of community achievements,” said Ronald Parker, Chair of the TBSHOF Advisory Committee. “These athletes were not only great on the field of play, but they’ve continued that level of performance by serving as good community stewards, in which we are very pleased in celebrating as well.” This year’s class of 13 inductees represents four sports and coaching: 6 in football, 4 in track and field, 1 in boxing, 1 in golf and 2 in coaching. The inductees, this year, have collectively attained: 2 World Heavyweight Boxing Championships; 3 Olympic Gold Medals; 1 World Track and Field Championship; 3 Pan American Gold Medals; 12 NCAA Championships; 2 AAU National Championships; 2 1st-Team All-American Honors; 2 Long-Standing NFL Records; 1 NFL Hall of Fame Induction; 1 World Boxing Hall of Fame Induction; 15 Texas State Championships; and several dozen High School District Titles. Achievements by this year’s class include: George Foreman, a Marshall, Texas product who became one of the most dominate and feared heavyweight boxing champions in one of the most glorious eras of the sport. He won the heavyweight crown after defeating then-undefeated champion Joe Frazier in 1973, knocking Frazier down six times in only two rounds. He later made an incredible comeback by winning a portion of the heavyweight championship at age 45 in 1994, becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in history. He also won a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Out of 81 fights, he won 76 fights, 68 by knockout. Eric Dickerson, one of the most prolific running backs in professional, college and high school football history. His 13,259 career rushing yards is 7th all-time in the NFL, that includes the single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards (1984) with the Los Angeles Rams and 1,808 yards as a rookie, also with the Rams, both still NFL records. His 4,450 yards at SMU helped reverse a chronic losing program at SMU into national contenders. He was a consensus High School All-American at Sealy, Texas. Edward Bell, from Waco, Texas, who became a dependable wide receiver for Joe Namath and the New York Jets in the early and mid-1970s, after a highly prolific college career at Idaho State, where he held the national record for most receptions and became a first-team All-American. Orien Brown, who compiled an outstanding career coaching several track and field championships at both Dallas Skyline and Dallas Bishop Dunne, winning numerous state, regional and district titles. She also broke several records as a sprinter and relay runner at Texas Southern University and competed in the Pan American Games. Kenneth Burrough, who maintained an outstanding 12-year NFL career, mostly with the Houston Oilers, catching over 400 passes for over 7,000 yards and 49 touchdowns. He was also an All-American receiver at Texas Southern University.

Dexter Bussey, one of the Detroit Lions’ most dependable and valuable running backs during an 11-year career, rushing for over 5,000 yards. He also had a prolific career at the University of Texas-Arlington. T.C. Collins, the greatly admired threesport coach for the all-black Fred Moore High School in Denton before integration and then Denton High School, winning several district championships and having Denton’s athletic facility named in his honor. Carlette Guidry-Falkquay, the Houston-bred track sensation who won relay gold medals at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg. She also won a dozen NCAA titles at the University of Texas. Audrey Reid-German, the pride of Texas Woman’s University as a world-class high jumper and relay sprinter, also winning honors with the AAU and the AIAW. Johnny “Lam” Jones, both a highly-heralded football and track star at the University of Texas and gold medal relay winner at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Verida Walter-Taplin, one of the top high school hurdlers while at Dallas Carter High School, who went on to an illustrious career at Kansas State University. J.W. White, one of North Texas’ early black golf pioneers before Tiger Woods. Byron Williams, the Texarkana, Texas product who enjoyed success at the University of Texas-Arlington, the NFL, the CFL and World League of American Football. The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame (TBSHOF), housed at the African American Museum, was established to chronicle the sports history contributions made by African Americans. It was established in 1996 to honor coaches and athletes of high character and athletic achievement, who are either Texans by birth or by athletic participation (collegiate or professional), and who have made recognizable contributions to African American culture and/ or history. The general public submits the nominees, and a panel of judges (including sports/media journalists) makes the final selection. The Hall of Fame includes legendary Dallas Cowboys Stars such as Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson, Preston Pearson, Mel Renfro, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Robert Newhouse, Rayfield Wright, Billy Joe Dupree, Jethro Pugh, Everson Walls and Tony Hill. The Hall of Fame also includes other heroes and heroines such as Abner Haynes, State Senator Royce West, 1966 “Glory Road” Championship Basketball UTEP Team, Coach Hensley Sapenter, Ervin Garnett, Coach Jackie Carr, Jolanda Jones, Anthony “Spud” Webb, Rolando Blackmon, Earl Campbell, Ernie Banks, Zina Garrison Jackson, Elvin Hayes, Jerry Levias, Coach James “Bo” Humphery (Founder TSU Relays), and William Nicks. Other luminaries include 1968 NBA number one draftee and three-time All American, Elvin “Big E” Hayes; WNBA Champion Fran Harris, NFL Hall of Famer, the late Dick “Night Train” Lane; former Negro Leaguers Bill Blair, Ernie Banks and Willie Wells (Chicago Clubs); Olympiads: Rafer Johnson (also a charter member of the U.S. Olympic

at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. The support she was able to engender through her campaign gave her more leverage in party policy decisions and gave her a national platform from which she could articulate her beliefs. In 1982, she announced her retirement from

political office, after which she returned to a career in education. She taught politics and women’s studies at Mount Holyoke College and also served as a visiting scholar to Spelman College. Although retired, she didn’t remain absent from politics. In 1984 and 1988 she supported the presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson, as well as my congressional campaign. From the mid-90’s to her death in 2005, declining health negatively impacted her activities, but we’ve been blessed with her reflections in two books. Her book The Good Fight and the Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition of her 1970 Unbought and Unbossed give great insight into the character of this great woman. As I reflect on the accomplishments and legacy of Shirley Chisholm, I wonder if any clerk at any US Post Office would now have the temerity to suggest a justification for the absence of her commemorative stamp on full display! (Dr. E. Faye Williams is Chair of the National Congress of Black Women. 202/678-6788)

What’s next for the economy? The economThe Last Word ic philosophies of Democrats and ReBy Dr. Julianne publicans are drasMalveaux tically different. NNPA Newswire Columnist While neither party is interested in dismantling the predatory capitalism that extracts surplus value from workers, Republicans are more interested in reinforcing predatory capitalism and “free markets”, while Democrats are more interested in ameliorating the effects of predatory capitalism and regulating markets in ways that produce somewhat more equitable results than socalled free markets. Democrats are more likely to protect and support workers, while Republicans are more likely to oppress them. Thus, many Democrats have advocated for an increased minimum wage, while Republicans have opposed it. There are generalizations here. Conservative Democrats are likely to be supportive of Republican “free market” rhetoric. Once upon a time there were liberal Republicans (I think they are now extinct) that would side with Democrats on some issues. We can expect Republicans in the House and Senate to eliminate regulations, lower taxes, and support the “business climate”. The stock market, which was predicted to lose momentum in case of a Trump election, has actually gained. Is this sustainable? Economist and former Harvard President Lawrence Summers, acknowledges that the Republican approach to the economy might “drive major increases in investment and hiring, setting off a virtuous circle of economic growth and rising confidence.” But he says the Trump administration will face enough challenges that we should “hope for the best and plan for the worst.” The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted world economic growth at 3.4 percent, with US growth at about 2 percent, and far more robust growth in China and India, where growth is likely to exceed 6 percent. But the IMF cautions that restrictions on global trade will also constrain global growth. In both the UK and the United States, there has been resistance to globalization, and an eagerness to renegotiate trade treaties. Who will benefit from this increased growth? Certainly not the folks at the bottom. Indeed one might attribute the Trump Electoral College victory to the fact that macroeconomic growth indicators have not quite trickled down. The heavily pro-business Republican leadership is counting on the trickle down to create jobs for the 99 percent. They can’t force capitalists to use the proceeds from their tax

cuts to create jobs. Indeed, when banks were bailed out, they held onto the money that politicians hoped they would loan to small businesses to stimulate growth and economic expansion. African Americans with moderate incomes (the average African American family income is about $35,000), others who a similarly situated, lower-income people, and the economically vulnerable are not likely to gain in the “new economy”. Businesses, however, are likely to do very well. Is America made “great again” if economic vulnerability increases? I think not! There is likely to be tension between the Trump Administration and the Federal Reserve. How quickly will the interest rate be increased, and what impact will it have on the “average” American. Millennials who have been saving to purchase a home (those who have paid off their student loans) will need to save even more (as much as $30,000 for each percentage point increase in the interest rate) to accumulate a down payment. And Ben Carson, who is likely to be Secretary of HUD, is not likely to do anything to make their quest for homeownership any easier. President Obama was able to stabilize the economy. The unemployment rate is below 5 percent (although labor force participation is lower than it should be), growth has been stable, and the stock market has been strong. The benefits of this strong economy were not evenly distributed, though. It is even less likely that the benefits of the growth that the IMF predicts will be evenly distributed. Markets don’t distribute benefits fairly. Political will is a factor in fair and even distribution. We know that Republican “free market” economic philosophies suggest that there is no political will for fairness. We will experience macroeconomic ecstasy and microeconomic angst, with economic indicators looking strong, and individual experiences looking far more troubled. What’s next for the economy? The one percent will benefit, and the rest of us will experience increased vulnerability. As Summers says, “hope for the best, plan for the worst”.

Hall of Fame), Gold Medalist Fred Newhouse, Track team Head Coach Barbara Jacket, U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR), John Carlos, first black heavyweight champion of the world Jack Johnson, outstanding game-breaking running back Greg Pruitt, five time Super Bowl champion Charles Haley; 1968 Olympic Gold medalist Jim Hines and teammate Tommie Smith, and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown are all

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Roland Martin unscripted and unbossed, continued from front page Currently he is the host and managing editor of TV One’s News One Now, the first daily morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. News One Now airs weekdays on TV One at 7am/ET and among his many awards, the show has garnered NAACP Image Awards. Through his company, Nu Vision Media Inc., Mr. Martin, who has a master’s degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University, owns and hosts “The Roland Martin Show,” a daily syndicated radio show broadcast in 20 markets across the country. In addition to being a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his segment is heard on more than 100 stations by 8 million people, Mr. Martin is also a nationally-syndicated columnist for the Daily Beast. Proceeds from this event will support programs such as ZWHJCOC’s signature Frazier House. Opening this spring, Frazier House -- a unique partnership with Dallas ISD -- has already begun to transform how Dallas designs shared resource spaces, revitalizes old build-

ings, reconnects communities, and unites public and private organizations to provide social and educational services to those who need it most. Other ZWHJCOC programs include: Project HOPE In collaboration with Dallas ISD and St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, Project HOPE is Helping Others Prepare for Excellence through tutoring and mentoring programs for students in District 9. Dream Academy The Dr. Allen R. Sullivan Dream Academy positions adults for a successful transition into the workforce and enhances parental engagement through ESL classes, computer skills training, high school equivalency testing, and class participation. DFW Urban Scouting The DFW Urban Scouting Foundation promotes scouting and other youth activities throughout innercity neighborhoods in Dallas/Fort Worth. Provides financial assistance, human resources, and spiritual support. Mr. Martin is a three-time NAACP Image

Award winner and has been named by Ebony Magazine as one of the most Influential African Americans in the United States four times, most recently in 2014. named Martin the number one Black pundit in the country; and he has been named to both the several times to The Root 100, their annual list of influential African Americans. In his career, Martin has been showered with more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including being named the Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election. Martin was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the NABJ for his work in multiple media platforms. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor. The former founding editor of, Mr. Martin is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living. They reside in Washington, D.C.


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Plano North Metroplex Links with retreat participants

More than 100 Plano-area residents statistics show that trafficking victims can learned about the threats of human come from a range of income levels, and trafficking and the illegal trade of humany may come from families with highmans in a modern form of slavery at a er socioeconomic status. Texas, alone, has special half-day retreat sponsored by more than 300,000 victims. the Links, Incorporated, Plano North "Our girls are sacred and loved... we are Metroplex Chapter. sacred and loved... we must protect our Held at Collin College Conference girls," Morris said. She then demonstratCenter on Jan. 21, The Human Trafficked to leaders how they can help educate, ing Summit primarily focused on edraise awareness and speak about the preucating teenage girls. Dr. Monique W. vention of human trafficking in the comMorris, Ed.D. and author of Push Out: munity. The Criminalization of Black Girls, led The Links, Incorporated is an internathe forum. tional, not-for-profit volunteer organizaAccording to statistics, the dangers tion, established in 1946. Monique Morris with Links of human trafficking are growing within As one of the nation’s oldest, most presthe borders of America, even reaching tigious and largest service organizations into the homes in suburbia. for women of color, membership consists The two most common types of human trafficking are sex of over 14,000 professional women in 284 chapters locattrafficking, under which victims are forced into prostitution; ed in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonand labor trafficking, which coerces victims to perform labor wealth of the Bahamas. with no pay. Programming includes National Trends and Services, the While many Americans erroneously associate human traf- Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services ficking with foreign nationals or undocumented immigrants, and Health and Human Services.


Rev. Holmes is known for his community activism and his dynamic preaching style and teaching. A cum laude from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, Rev. Holmes has two graduate degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1968–1972, while also serving as a United Methodist District Superintendent. Among his numerous awards, in 2001, he was recognized as one of the Civil Rights Movement’s “Invisible Giants” in the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama. He was narrator and host of the Disciple Bible Study video series produced by Abingdon Press. He also served on the Board of Regents of the University of Texas from 1991 to 1997. In 2012, the Dallas Independent School District named the groundbreaking, state of the art Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School in his honor. Rev. Holmes is still popular on the speaking circuit and travels between Texas and California with his wife, Carrie. -CLS


FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Xi Omega Chapter celebrates Founders’ Day A Tribute to Our Founders and Our Legacy: Sisters Perpetually Purposed for Service was the theme for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Xi Chapter’s 2017 Founders Day Luncheon where two members were honored for 50 years of service and eight were honored for 25 years. The Sorority is 109 years old. To top off the event was a keynote speech filled with love, commitment and sincerity, to her profession and sisterhood, by OB-GYN and reality star, Dr. Jacqueline Walters, or Dr. Jackie as she is affectionately known on the Bravo TV Show, “Married to Medicine.” In an exclusive interview, and during the luncheon, the Alcorn State University alum, who graduated with dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Alcorn and the University of Mississippi where she also earned her medical degree, stressed the importance of sisterhood and healthy living. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she said she relied heavily on the generous support she received from her sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Those women, she said, were there as she went through tests and treatments, recovery and relapses.

“I couldn’t have made it without them,” said Dr. Jackie. “They let me know that I was not in my situation by myself.” Calling her decision to seek membership one of the best decisions she made in her life, she elaborated on how important sisterly relationships are and she saluted the chapter’s honorees for their decades of service. “The greatest relationship you can have is with a sister,” she said, adding that she has lifelong, lasting friendships because she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha. “We are sisters with a purpose.” As Dr. Jackie talked about sisterhood, she also encouraged the filled to capacity room of women and men, to work together.“Today we are witnessing a rise in hatred,” she pointed out. “We must nourish and encourage. We must strengthen one another.” And that’s exactly what she tries to do whether she’s seeing a patient in her very successful private practice where her high-profile clientele includes The Braxtons, rapper TI and all-around entertainer, Usher, or working with her foundation, 50 Shades of Pink Foundation. The Foundation, she says, is dedicated

to paying tribute to women and men diagnosed with breast cancer, and nurturing their psychological and physical well-being. She says you don’t have to look like what you’ve been going through and oftentimes a little attention and pampering can be therapeutic. “I got a third chance at life and I’m taking advantage of it!” Then there’s also the reality show. Dr. Jackie said when she was initially brought on the show, she thought she would be mentoring the wives of doctors. She didn’t expect to share so much of herself and her husband, Curtis. But life doesn’t happen as we plan all the time, she acknowledged. And now her reach, which has become a ministry of sorts, has extended exponentially as she became a breakout star of the show and she uses her platform there to share positive, authentic messages. Interrupted several times because of the applause, Dr. Jackie encouraged the audience to be their own best friend first and her challenge to everyone was to “be the change that we want to see.” -Cheryl Smith

Dr. Jackie

Presentation of Donation to 50 Shades of Pink

Seated (L-R): Carmen Gills, Epsilon Sigma Chapter President; Beverly Randall, Founders’ Day Committee Co-Chairman; Cheryl Benson, Founders’ Day Committee Chairman; Kassie Gossom, Alpha Xi Omega Chapter President; Dr. Jacqueline Walters, Keynote Speaker; Atty. Katina Semien, AKA South Central Regional Director; and Danette Reed, International Treasurer.

Cong. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Shirley R. Fisher, representing Sen. Royce West 21st South Central

Atty. Katina Semien, South Central Regional Director

Alicia Grinage First Vice President, AKA - Alpha Xi Omega

Standing (L-R): Former Alpha Xi Omega Chapter Presidents - Kim McCree, Rita Cloman, Donnetta Henry, Stephanie Hawthorne, Sherel Riley, Marian Willard, Merle Carmouche, Cynthia Nunn, Mae Frances Saulter, Beverly Eikner-Jones, Lynda Mayberry, Shirley Fisher, and Donnie Breedlove. Sitting (L-R): Dr. Jacqueline Walters, Keynote Speaker; Kassie Gossom, President; and Atty. Katina Semien, South Central Regional Director

Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson

President, Epsilon Sigma Chapter, Texas A&M University-Commerce,

Founders' Day Chair Cheryl Benson

Velena McRae, Second Vice-President, AKA Alpha Xi Omega Chapter

Founders' Day Committee Advisor, Sheri Hayes

Silver Honoree Barbara Jones Cash with pinners, Kyndal Wilson and Denise Green.Hayes

Golden Honoree Constance Washington with pinner Deborah Pullam Moore.

Silver Honoree Leticia McGowan with pinners A. Shonn Brown and Sharon Bracey

Alpha Xi Omega President Kassie Gossom and Dr. Jackie

Silver Honoree Ramona Powers with pinner Kim McCree

Silver Honoree Eleita Brew with pinners, Kirsten Brew White and Joele Brew Hatton.

Silver Honoree Chrisdya Houston with pinners, O'Sheila Brown and Rickie Wright.

Silver Honoree Cynthia Toles with pinners Jacqueline Bosh and Elmarie Brown.

Golden Honoree Felicia Hammons with pinner Paula Davis Bosh and Elmarie Brown.

Silver Honoree Barbara Lewis with pinners, Remelle Sims and Deitra Mosley.

Silver Honoree Thomasetta Blount with pinners, Bonnie Clack and Geneva Rideaux


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