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Spirited discussion expected with Martin

Journalist Roland S. Martin headlines In Conversation with Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr.

You have to wonder when - An Evening with Dr. Zan this man sleeps. There Wesley Holmes, Jr. and Roseems to be barely a pause land S. Martin,” 7:00 p.m., at between when he is “live” St. Luke “Community” Uniton TV One or FaceBook, in- ed Methodist Church, 5710 terviewing guests or talking East. R.L. Thornton Freeway, with Tom Joyner on the ra- Dallas. In Conversation is dio, or sharing insight on “presented by Roland Parsome other medium, on a rish and Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants.” daily basis. Mr. Martin A consummate profesis the perfect thought leadsional who er to generate takes pride a dialogue on being prethat will awe pared anytime and challenge he opens his people in the mouth, veterDallas coman journalist munity. His Roland S. MarRev. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. devoted and tin, who spent ever-increasa significant part of his career honing ing following, spans generhis craft in the Dallas-Fort ations, cultures, socio-ecoWorth Market, returns to the nomic status and religions. Metroplex on February 17, Whether he is talking to 2016 to share his thoughts the POTUS or giving a comand analyses of today’s hot mencement address at a issues at “In Conversation university, you can expect

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Dr. Jackie brings healthy message

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. SEE PAGE 8

Expungement Expo set

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.

Sports legends inducted into Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame this weekend Two of the greatest athletes to 7050 N. Stemmons Frwy., Dallas, have competed in the second half Texas, 75247. The Legends Recepof the 20th century in their respec- tion will be held on Friday, Februtive sport, along with several track ary 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and field sensations who won nu- at The African American Museum merous World and Olympic med- in Fair Park. als, will be enshrined Meet and greet the as part of the 2017 inductees after the Class of the Parrish inductees’ roundtaRestaurant Texas ble. Black Sports Hall The 2017 Class Inductees include: Eric of Fame (TBSHOF), Dickerson, Football; under the theme, George Foreman, “Celebrating Athletic Boxing; Edward Brilliance.” This new Eric Dickerson Bell, Football; Orien class makes up one Brown, Track; Kenof the strongest ever in over two decades of recogniz- neth Burrough, Football; Dexing pure sports excellence with ter Bussey, Football; T.C. Collins (Posthumous), Coaching; Carlette Lone Star State connections. The 21st Class of TBSHOF will be Guidry-Falkquay, Track; Audrey formally recognized at the Induc- Reid-German, Track; Johnny “Lam” tion Luncheon Ceremony on Feb- Jones, Football; Verida Walter-Taruary 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m., at the plin, Track; J.W. White, Golf; and Crown Plaza Dallas Market Center, Byron Williams, Football.



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HALL: Keep the Faith Baby! ing Negroes. It is no exaggeration to point out that New York’s White establishment hated him. One account based on a true story by Steve Heimoff, depicts Fred Trump, Resident Donald Commissioner John Wiley Price Trump’s daddy warning him about troublemakers like Adam Jr. It was 1963 when the Donald was a teen. Take in the supposed discussion between Donald and his dad. “You saw the filth, the garbage, the junkies, the whores, the pickaninnies running around like little animals. You want that in the Wilshire Apartments?” “No,” says Donald. His dad, replied, “Of course you don’t. So you gotta be tough, Donny. Can’t let ‘em in. Have to draw the line. Only thing is, you gotta be discreet. You don’t want one of these colored papers, like the Amsterdam News, saying you discriminate. Then some sonof-a-bitch Negro congressman like Adam

Clayton Powell comes down on your ass and complains to the Justice Department that you’re a bigot.” That was the era and the ilk of discrimination that Adam Jr. thrived in. The first Black to serve on the City Council, he boycotted the New York Transit system which resulted in 200 jobs for his Black constituents. Powell went on to become arguably the most productive and widely despised member of the House of Representatives; especially among “Southern Gentlemen. Congressman John Rankin of Mississippi used the word “nigger” on the House floor leading Powell to announce; “the time has arrived to impeach Rankin, or at least expel him from the party.” Powell loved picking at Rankin who called Powell’s election to the house “a disgrace.” Powell was confronted by every legal impediment that could be thrust at him. He was removed from Congress in March of 1967 but he coined a phrase for his supporters. “Keep the faith, baby.” Dallas has a firebrand and his fierce outspoken style has earned him more than his share of unfair attention and treatment. John Wiley Price always reminds me to keep the faith and I do, but I want to ask each of you to keep him in your prayers. Fighting for justice has a cost.

that have served a penitentiaJudge Givens-Davis. ry sentence, etc. The Word of Mouth of Series The fourth Word of Mouth celebrated its kick off in June Series,“Pretrial Matters, Matter” 2016 by discussing “Grand is scheduled to take place at Jury, the Secret Process.” the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The June 2016 session atCommunity Center [Building tracted an audience from as A] on Thursday, March 2, 2017, far as Austin, TX and San Antoat 6:00 p.m. The community nio, TX. Amongst other topics center is located at 2922 MLK, discussed in the first session, Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215. the panel explained the new Judge Amber Givens-Davis “Pretrial Matters, Matter” will law in effect on September 1, examine the many pretrial pro2015, regarding Grand Jury selection. The legislature enacted the new law ceedings that the public may not be aware to ensure that diverse, cross-sections of our of including those that impact where a case Texas communities are invited to serve as is ultimately tried, the content of an indictment, delays, determining the admissibility Grand Jurors. The August and October 2016 Word of of evidence, how notice of criminal charges Mouth sessions delved into topics concern- are provided to an individual accused, etc. Panelists will include Judge Amber Giving finding counsel, the difference between appointed and retained counsel, search war- ens-Davis, Dallas County District Attorney rants, bail, the Dallas County Public Defend- Faith Johnson, Judge Steven Autry, and forer’s Office, services provided by the Dallas mer Judge Diane Jones-McVay. Many times we gather our knowledge of County Clerk’s Office, voting rights of those

the criminal justice system from local news stations, newspapers, and other entertainment sources. The Word of Mouth Series is the first program of its kind in Dallas County, created by Judge Givens-Davis, to provide insight into the criminal justice system. Through this Series the Dallas County community has received back stage passes to the criminal justice system with guidance from those involved in the day-to-day inner workings including Judge Givens-Davis and other elected officials, along with Dallas County Department heads. Stay tuned because The Word of Mouth Series is designed to walk the public through the entire criminal justice system from Grand Jury selection to the Appellate process. Make sure you spread the Word of Mouth Series and take the opportunity to participate in the “Pretrial Matters, Matter” discussion at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center [2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215].

QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall The old black and white film casts him at the lectern. His face and hair wringing in sweat and his voice was swaying as he brought his speech to a close. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was as suave and good looking as he was bold and outspoken. “Is this the land of the free and the home of the brave? The crowd hollers back; “No!” “Is this a land with liberty and justice for all? Once again they replied “No” vehemently. “Is this one nation, indivisible unto God?” a third time the background belches; “No.” Powell closes by saying “Then either let us practice the democracy we preach or shut up!” Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was the son of a preacher, Adam Sr., who galvanized and grew the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem to more than 10,000 members before the term megachurch was even conceived. Adam Jr. like his dad Sr. was a pastor, a

INGENUITY IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: WORD OF MOUTH SERIES The Word of Mouth is a series created by Judge Amber Givens-Davis, Presiding Judge of the 282nd Judicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas, with the goal to demystify the criminal justice system for the public. “As a Judge I cannot advocate social issues, but I can educate the community as to state of the current law. Having experienced the criminal justice system as the family member of an accused individual, an Assistant District Attorney, a Defense Attorney, and now as a Judge, I understand the importance of my responsibility to provide the public with free educational access to the law,” explained

Hon. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Malcolm X

community activist and was unbound by the usual encumbrances of colored leaders during Jim Crow. They were loudmouths that White folks couldn’t silence. Adam Jr. declared once; “No one can control a Negro Baptist preacher, even God can’t sometimes.” That may have stretched the notion a bit far, but not much! The “King of the Cats,” as one biographer called Adam Jr., cut his political teeth the hard way. Adam Jr. came into local prominence and was known nationally in civil rights circles for his protests. He fought for equality in employment and fair housing. He once led a movement called “Shop only where you can work” on 125th Street, forcing shop owners out of business or into hir-

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ROSE FILES BILL, HIGHER PAY FOR HIGH INJURY RISK WORKERS Removes Stigmas Associated with the term “Hazardous Duty Pay” AUSTIN, TX - Law enforcement officers across various branches of state government are often exposed to high injury risk in the course of their daily work routine. The same is true for other state employees, although the TX State Rep. Toni Rose nature of risk in their profession is often overlooked. According to the Office of Risk Management’s 2016 report, the injury rates for state supported living centers were 8.86% (1,390 employees) and 7.11% (849 employees) for state hospitals, a total of 2,239 employees. In comparison, there were 2,201 injuries reported by both the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Department of Criminal


WWW.TEXASMETRONEWS.COM Justice combined. “Many Texans do not realize high injury risk is not exclusive to law enforcement sectors,” said Representative Rose. “The involuntary behaviors of some patients in state supported living centers and state hospitals can create various levels of risk exposure to care givers; and for some, the risk is great. House Bill 1932 sends a signal to state employees that we see and appreciate the important work they do each and every day for this vulnerable population.” House Bill 1932 increases the salary of state hospital and living center employees in high injury risk positions for each year of service to the state. The bill also calls for the old descriptor of Hazardous Duty Pay to be exchanged with High Injury Risk for the purpose of reducing any stigma that may result from recognizing certain state care givers and medical providers as at risk of injury.

Rawlings, Jenkins unveil plan to end homelessness Mayor Mike Rawlings and County Judge Clay Jenkins announced the Dallas Area Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness

Mayor Mike Rawlings

Judge Clay Jenkins

(the “Partnership”). The Partnership is being formed in response to the Dallas Commission on Homelessness recommendation to develop a formal community-wide system of leadership and accountability. The Partnership will develop strategies, policies and priorities to address homelessness and will advise the member entities, the Dallas City & County/Irving Continuum of Care (“CoC”) and the lead agency of the CoC, which is currently Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.

Workshop designed for businesses This event is designed to provide small businesses with the opportunity to get meaningful, state-of-the-art information

from industry experts. Here are some of the anticipated workshops that will be featured at this event: How to do business with: City of Dallas Dallas ISD, DART, Getting Access to Capital (2 sessions), Grow Your Business with Email & Social Media, Is that Legal?, Content Marketing: What to Say & How to Say It Special Feature: How to Become Minority Certified Vendor Expo Vendor opportunities are available to those that would like a table at the event to meet with attendees and distribute their information. Sponsorship opportunities are available to those businesses that desire to have a higher profile and those who wish to provide a high level of expertise in their field. Sponsorship start at $1,000 and include recognition on all event marketing materials, a table at the vendor expo and more. Cost to Attend: $25 per person $100 for Vendor Table Dallas Executive Airport Business Center 5303 Challenger Drive Dallas, TX 75237


16 million on brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has warned that unless a massive and urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance takes place, famine could soon be a reality in some of the worst drought-affected areas in Somalia. Since 2014 this drought and famine have been revisited causing a massive food shortage. 8 out of 10 in the Somali population need food assistance. According to the UN, there is also 8 million people in Ethiopia and 1.5 million in Kenya in need. The drought and the famine are spreading through the region due to the slow response from the international community. MN State Rep. Ilhan Omar Amoud Foundation has been working on the ground, distributing dry food to the affected areas of NW Somaliland and NE Somaliland. Their representative in the Horn of Africa is pleading to the international community to urgently respond to the plight of this community.

Organiers say if you would like to help them further their cause, join them February 25, 2017 at the Sheraton DFW at 6pm with special guest MN State Rep. Ilhan Omar. She is the first Somali-American, Muslim State Representative. Amoud Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit, based in Irving, TX. Amoud Foundation has been working in the areas of health, education, and providing clean water since 1998. Visit or call the office 972-871-8297 to learn more.





I love Black History, and so revel in Black History Month. Not that Black History should be Formerly Kuumba Heritage News constrained to a month. Indeed, when I wrote my book Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black MAILING ADDRESS Economic History in 2010, I hoped that some folks 320 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway would touch the book each day and talk about Suite 220 Dallas, TX 75203 the many ways African American people have shaped our nation’s economic life, from building WWW.TEXASMETRONEWS.COM this country, to being the basis of our bond sys214-941-0110 tem. Despite my work, and that of others, Black History Month celebrations seem to center on the Cheryl Smith men in our history, and on the familiar names. PUBLISHER - EDITOR Our 45th President has lifted up Frederick Douglas, Executive Assistant touting his many accomplishments, as if he is still living. EDITORIAL TEAM Omarosa, don’t you give this Eva Coleman man talking points? He needs Dorothy J. Gentry to be locked into the Museum Vincent Hall Richard Alexander Moore of African American History Andrew Whigham III and Culture, and then forced Dareia Tolbert to watch Raoul Peck’s I Am Not DESIGN/LAYOUT Your Negro. I digress. 619 You’ve heard of Frederick Douglas (1818-1895), Ida B. Wells, Dr. Dorothy Height, PHOTOGRAPHERS Wallace Faggett WEB DuBois and Mary McLeod Kevin Griffith Bethune. Richard Manson But do you know Venture Smith, Mary Bowser, James CIRCULATION/DISTRIBUTION Forten, Charles Wiggins, Clara Smith, Paul R. WilMB Distribution liams, and Jackie Ormes? These are among the Pathfinders that Tonya Bolden has lifted up in her Editorial submissions book, Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls. TANDS IN ANDS IN Her book is extraordinary not only because    wlett lett       it features the biographies of relatively unknown    uite                 uite and amazing African Americans, but also because dson son she puts their lives in context. Thus, each biogallas llas raphy talks about what was happening historically during the subject’s lives. She also highlights their contemporaries, expanding the reach of the CREDO OF THE book and, perhaps, challenging students to do 1397 1 1Year $45.00 0-1397 YearSubscription Subscription their own research about other notable African BLACK $45.00 PRESS Americans. The Black Press believes that America can best lead Tonya Bolden is an award-winning children’s the world away from racial book author, but Pathfinders is no children’s and national antagonisms book. To be sure it should be ordered in every when it accords to every school library and purchased by many parents. person, regardless of race, But young people will not be the only ones encolor or creed, full human and legal rights. Hating no hanced by a book that highlights sixteen stellar person, fearing no person, African Americans, many unknown. the Black Press strives to Bolden says, “Without denying racism and ophelp every person in the firm pression, I did not want to talk about racism, but belief that all are hurt as about accomplishment.â€? So she set out to offer a long as anyone is held back.

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range of occupations for the young people who will read her book. “I wanted to give kids variety,� she told me. “I also wanted to expose them to people who had done something.� Black folks

have done amazing things, and Bolden says she wants to encourage young people to “dream big and take chances�. Her book reflects that, lifting up Richard Potter, a Black magician who traveled the world as a cabin boy before joining a circus, studying with a ventriloquist, and stepping out on his own to be, says Bolden, “the first magician born in the United States to have success in the land of his birth.� Or who would have thought that Sissieretta Jones, the daughter of enslaved people, would have had a successful career as a concert singer? Jones performed at Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall, sung at the White House for President Benjamin Harrison, and completed a European tour. Bolden says she wants young people to “think big�. Well, in spotlighting Sissieretta Jones, she encourages that dream. While the average American earned about $400 a year in Jones’ heyday, her earnings were more than $8000 a year. She was one of the highest paid Black entertainers in the United States. The richness of Bolden’s book lies in the fact that she does offer occupational variety. There are entertainers but there are also women near and

dear to my heart, women that I’ve written about over the years. One is Dr. Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander, the first African American woman to receive the Ph.D. in economics, and one of the first three to receive the Ph.D. in a single week in June 1921. Georgiana Rose Simpson earned her Ph.D. in German from the University of Chicago, and Eva Beatrice Dykes earned her Ph.D. in English from Radcliffe (now Harvard). She taught at DC’s Dunbar High School, Howard University and Oakwood College (now University) in Huntsville, Alabama. Another sister Bolden lifts up is Maggie Lena Walker, the first African American woman to form and run a bank, Penny Savings Bank, in Richmond, Virginia. Maggie Lena, cannily merged her bank with others to survive the Great Depression, and the bank thrived until it closed in 2009. As an economist, Maggie Lena Walker and Dr. Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander resonate with me, but many will also enjoy the lives of architect Paul Williams, combat pilot Eugene Ballard, or filmmaker Oscar Michaeaux. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, the woman whose accomplishments were highlighted in the movie, Hidden Figures, is also featured in Bolden’s book. What can we learn from these Pathfinders? We can appreciate their achievement against all odds. We can appreciate their faith and their contributions. And, most importantly, we can be inspired by their contributions and by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.� The service of these Pathfinders should inspire our own drive to achieve, to accomplish and, most importantly, to serve. Tonya Bolden’s book is an absolutely worthy addition to your library! On Saturday March 18, 2017 to honor those in the books and our communities authorless book parties will be held around the country. To participate or host an event contact - Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy� is available via

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Etiquette: Like Berries on the Vine

My 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. Your phone is not a vital organ. You can live without it. Try an hour a day. What is etiquette? My simply definition

Where is all of this going? How do you explain a society that is declining before Etiquette is like beryour very eyes? ries on the vine. If What is the anyou don’t do anything swer? about it, it fails and What pieces falls to the ground. of the puzzle is missing? I hear so many exI am saddened press that etiquette by the lack of is dead. Or, where is common manetiquette? I do admit Al Jarreau ners as I go about that it has two faces. my day. One, the example is Recently, on the evening news, an unbenot intently set and it has not been taught. Etiquette is paramount in our everyday lives. lievable disturbance occurred. Because of their discomfort with the matI hesitate to demote it to a lost art, but it is an ter, passengers started deplaning as the pilot endangered institution. owever, segments of our society use it spoke. People with drones and guns, endanger very well. . . separating the wheat from the grass. Meaning blatantly that even though other citizens every minute of the day, due you may be overqualified for that job or pro- to their lack of competence and respect. motion, you are not a ‘fit’ for the success of Additionally, we bump into people of other the mission. cultures, disabilities and dismiss the courteis. . . etiquette is not something you do, it is who you are.


sies due. Al Jarreau died this week at age 76, and I just loved that song “We’re In This Love Together.” He was a marvelous entertainer. You know the words…”cause, we’re in this love together.” 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.” 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 “love” 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 Couples” held at the Dallas City Hall Flag Room.

Disarray and Lack of Transparency to Support the America First Agenda FROM THE HILL

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

The most talked about and disconcerting news story from this week is the resignation of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor. On Monday, February 13th, Michael Flynn offered his resignation amidst reports that he had inappropriate conversations with Russia’s Ambassador to the United States prior to his appointment as National Security Advisor. The discussion was in regards to the U.S. sanctions on Russia, imposed by the Obama administration in response to Russia’s aggression in Crimea. In his resignation letter, Flynn stated that he “inadvertently briefed then vice president-elect Mike Pence and others with incomplete information regarding his

and nature of these calls. So, who in the phone calls with the Russia Ambassador.” When initial reports surfaced that Fly- administration knew about it and when? And what were the real series of events nn had these inappropriate conversations, Vice President Mike Pence appeared that led to the president asking for his respublicly fully supporting Flynn’s denial of ignation? It is widely reported that Russia these claims. As a result, it seems the ad- interfered in our 2016 election, and not only is this adminisministration is I am upset and worried tration not doing anyin disarray. Mike Flynn’s that issues of inner-politics, thing about it, but it resignation raisto be alarmingly jealousy, and blinded loyal- seems es some serious close to Russia. Donald Trump ran his questions about ty are leading to short-sided the practices judgements and reaction campaign on extreme rhetoric regarding naof the Trump Administration, within the president’s cabi- tional security and putones worth re- net; which ultimately com- ting Americans first. So far, the administration viewing. The Washing- promises our nation’s na- has implemented a haphazard and controton Post report- tional security. versial immigrant ban ed that Sally Yates, former Acting Attorney General with that has been met with intense public the Department of Justice who was fired backlash. And just last weekend, donors were givby President Trump, informed the White House that Flynn may be susceptible to en inappropriate access to top national Russian blackmail because of the content security conversations at a fundraiser at

Mar-a-Lago, a golf course owned by the president. These actions are not putting America’s security first. I am upset and worried that issues of inner-politics, jealousy, and blinded loyalty are leading to short-sided judgements and reaction within the president’s cabinet; which ultimately compromises our nation’s national security. Here in Dallas, we value loyalty and honesty as much as any other hard-working American city. Those values are widespread in across our country, so the American people who did and did not vote for President Trump expect him to uphold those values. Although now the president is learning a difficult lesson – a country is more complicated than running a business. I think I speak for many of us in the district when I say I hope the president takes a deep breath and deeply reconsiders the way he is running his administration, in order to avoid controversies that undermine our security as Americans.

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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., - 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. MARDI GRAS TEXAS STYLE! 2017 - Celebrating its 16th year, Mardi Gras Texas Style! is one-of-akind 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 Drama... as well as special appearances from city officials! This event is FREE and is open to ALL! at 6:00PM, at The United Methodist Church of the Disciple - 220 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Desoto, TX 75115

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

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 25 African American History program 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.

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

African American Heritage Night

For the Dallas NPHC Dallas Mavericks vs. the New Orleans Pelicans!! At

Feb 18

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 Expy, Dallas, TX

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

March 4

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

Feb 19

Feb 20

MOCCA Black and White Gala

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

March 10-12

National Association of Black Journalists Regional Conference Marriott Medical Market Center Stemmons Freeway One of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority’s National programs is Black History Month – a special time to share ideas and recognize African Americans who have had a significant emphasis on our communities, world, and nation. The local theme for this month’s observance is: “Marks of Achievements – spotlighting African American Firsts in Breaking Barriers. The event will be 1:00 P.M. Highland Hills Library, 6200 Bonnie View Road Dallas, Texas. RSVP by February 18 to Juanda Wallace 214-802-8592 Amoud Foundation Program Sheraton DFW at 6pm with special guest MN State Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American, Muslim State Representative.

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

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. Guests will experience a traditional tea in an atmosphere embellished with Persian spice. Suggested Attire: Elegant Jewel Tones

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African American Museum kicks off Women’s History Month with Distinguished Lecture Series The African American Museum will host a lecture series during its annual Women’s History Month celebration beginning Saturday, March 4. Each lecture will feature a dynamic woman who is making great strides in her field. All events are free, open to the public and held at the African American Museum, 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75215. Lectures begin at 2 p.m. “The African American Museum is honored to host this series of distinguished lectures,” explains Dr. Harry Robinson, President and CEO of the museum. “Each of our speakers is a trailblazer in her respective field and is making a difference in the communities in which she serves.” Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and former president of Alabama State University will headline the Thelma Daniels Distinguished Lecture, Saturday, March 4. Thelma Daniels was a higher-education administrator who co-founded the Dickie Foster Biennial Texas Black Women’s Conference. She was also one of the early African American Museum organizers, and held positions at Bishop College, El Centro College and Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Boyd was the first female president of Alabama State University and served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. Dr. Boyd, an ordained itinerant elder in the AME Church, was awarded the Doctor of Ministry and Master’s degrees from Howard University, as well as a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. Boyd is an alumnus of Alabama State University. She has also chaired the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Council Dr. Kimberly D. Hill, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Dallas is the speaker for the Mable White Lecture Series Saturday, March 11. The White Lecture spotlights women’s religious and/or business issues. Mabel White was a founding Museum board member and community volunteer and church leader extraordinaire with South Dallas as her base. Dr. Hill, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has a PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a robust list of works published focusing on African

American women in religion, including “Anti-Slavery Work by the African American Women of the Presbyterian Congo Mission.” The Estella Doty Young Lecture provides a platform for emerging female leaders with emphasis on leadership, education and/or religion. Mrs. Doty was an educator/administrator in the Dallas Independent School District and an outstanding church leader in the community. Tia Simmons, Executive Principal at Duncanville High School, is the speaker for the Doty Young Lecture Series Saturday, March 18. Simmons is the first African American female executive principal in the 81-year history of Duncanville High School. She began her career in education in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISO as a special educator. She served as an assistant principal at Klein High School in Klein ISD. She later became the first African American associate principal for curriculum and instruction for Klein High School and served there for eight years. In 2014, after over 150 years of educating the Spring, Texas community, Spring ISD selected Tia as the first African American principal at Spring High School. The Honorable Margaret Jones Johnson will speak at the Bessie Lassiter Distinguished Lecture In Women’s Health, Saturday, April 22. Judge Johnson serves in Dallas County Probate Court Three. This lecture is devoted to women in health and women’s healthcare issues. Bessie Lassiter, a registered nurse, was the wife of Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., who with his two children, endowed the lecture. For more information about the events or sponsorship opportunities, please call the museum at 214-565-9026 or visit The African American Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a Historically Black College that closed in 1988. The Museum has operated independently since 1979. The $7 million edifice was funded through private donations and a 1985 Dallas City bond election that provided $1.2 million for the construction of the new facility. The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - Alpha Xi Chapter celebrates 109 years of service “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 en-

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courage. 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 Dr. Jackie 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

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In Conversation with Zan W. Holmes and Roland S. Martin to benefit community programs continued from front page

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. 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 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 anticipated 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. 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. Mar-

es 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.

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tin, 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 buildings, 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 enhanc-

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. 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

African American Education Archives and History Program to induct Nine Honorees

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Dear Alma, – My friend is getting married, I’m in the wedding and I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s not a “big wedding” type of person, so her mom is taking the reins to plan a giant ceremony. She went shopping for wedding dresses with her mom, and they picked out a Cinderella-style ball gown – so not her style. As bridesmaids we went shopping together and found the perfect dress for her – it’s simple and understated, and she wants to wear flowers in her hair. But this dress doesn’t really go with the formal-style wedding her mother has planned. How does she tell her mom she found a “better” dress? I think she looks beautiful regardless, and I want her to feel happy and comfortable on her wedding day, but I also know that picking this other dress will cause so much drama with her mom (and my friend is already trying to avoid as much wedding drama as possible!). Help, Alma! How do I be a good bridesmaid in this situation? Not a Bridezilla Hey Bridesmaid, My advice: stay out of it. This is not your red wagon to pull. Even if your friend is not a “wedding type” person, it’s still her wedding. She needs to clarify a few things. Now’s the time she needs to let her mama know, she’s no longer wearing her training bra. She has to be truthful with herself and have an honest conversation with her mother. Oh wait, here’s something you can do. After their discussion, make sure you greet her with a box of tissue or a glass of red wine, depending on her mother’s reaction. Candidly speaking, she should never have allowed her mother to purchase a wedding dress she didn’t like nor wanted to wear. What was that



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about? There’s something a little bit deeper here that we’re not privy to. But anywho, after the discussion with her mom, she needs to immediately gather her troops. Your friend can call a meeting and tell every one of her wedding day wishes. Yep, she’s gotta be bold, stand tall in her wedding pumps or bare feet and lead her wedding party to what will be one of the most important days of her life. If she’s ready to get married, she’s ready to have hard, honest adult conversations that clearly express her wedding day desires. Honestly though, I’m happy to hear that she’s not a Bridezilla, neither was my niece Leah. She was what you’d also call a low-key bride as well. My dear sister Kim passed away when she was a teenager, so when Leah allowed me to step into the MOB role, you better bet I wore that crown and girl I wore it well, LOL. Ain’t nobody got more mouth than me, I’m just sayin, LOL. Leah let me have my MOB fun until we came to a point in the planning process that was make or break important to her. During our meetings, when I bulldozed, she sternly guided me back to my lane. Not in a mean way, not loud, not argumentative, just firm and sweet. A firm and sweet that required respect and reminded me she was a grown woman. Don’t get me wrong, when we mothers are on a roll, it stings like a honeybee when we are challenged by our adult children. But, don’t you fret sweetie pie, her mama can handle it and will secretly applaud it. She’ll recognize, this is where her baby girl’s childhood ends and her adulthood begins. Bottom line, all her mother really wants, is to see the joy on her daughters face that day. Everything else is just icing on the wedding cake! Alma -

Texas State Representative Yvonne Davis will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2017 African American Education Hall of Fame Program and Luncheon on Saturday, April 8 at noon. The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 800 N. Main Street, Duncanville, Texas. Ticket reservations are $75 and include lunch. A table for 10 is $750. Deadline for dinner reservations is March 30. The honorees are: Deceased: Mildred Newton Finch and Annie Heads Rainwater Living: Joseph T. Brew, Dr. Lois Harrison-Jones Fears, Michele Anderson Goady, Kathryn Mitchell, Lucious Leon Newhouse, Jr., Shirley Ison-Newsome, Dr. Jimmy V. Scales, Sr. This event is an annual opportunity for the African American Education

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Archives and History Program Steering Committee to recognize persons who

have made outstanding contributions to the education of African American students in Dallas County. Individuals and organizations submitted nomination forms to advocate for the worthiness of the individuals for this coveted award. The public may make tax-exempt contributions “in honor of” or “in memory of” any person you choose for a minimum of $25. The names of individuals will be included in the printed luncheon program. The deadline is March 23. Make contributions payable to AAEAHP and mail to AAEAHP, P. O. Box 411091, Dallas Texas 75241 For more information about this event, and how you may support and attend the 2017 Hall of Fame Program, please call Mr. Melvin Traylor at 214376-9673, Ms. Gwen Brantley at 972298-6980 or Dr. Roscoe C. Smith at 972741-8213.

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A Jewel in Hamilton Park My Day By Dr. J. Ester Davis

My Day

By Dr. J. Ester Davis Several years ago, Dallas County Commissioners recognized and commended the Hamilton Park Community for preserving their historic “living” legacy. Thomas Jefferson, President of the Hamilton Park Civic League, and a resident for 59 years, accepted the resolution in open court with other outstanding residents attending. Hamilton Park is the first African American development in the City of Dallas, still viable today due solely to community leadership, raw pride, the first homeowners and their will to preserve their ownership heritage. A resolution was adopted, presented and signed by the county judge and commissioners. Hamilton Park Community is back in the news again this year as a proposed recipient of a Texas Historic marker. WOW!!! I think a little bit of Hamilton Park resides in all African Americans. The resolution captures the essential fortitude and says it best. The resolution appropriately addresses the name; “The Hamilton Park Community is named for Dr. Richard T. Hamilton, a physician and African American civic leader. The community was dedicated in October 1953 and formally opened in May, 1954. By 1961, Hamilton Park was completed with 742 single-family dwellings, shopping center, churches, a park with a playground, swimming pool, tennis court and baseball diamond.” The initial purchase was a 233 acre site for an African American middle class com-



munity. At this time in our history African Americans could not purchase land in certain parts of American cities. That was the case in North Dallas. The Dallas County Resolution highlights their courage and vision by stating: “These determined African American men and women, some of whom were returning to Dallas having bravely served their country during World War II, ventured to North Dallas to purchase land and nurture a family-oriented community of two-parent households, with shared values, morals and traditions (a marriage certificate was required to purchase a home in Hamilton Park).” Most amazing, which is not in the resolution, is a reflection, filled with pride, from a devoted community member, who grew up in the community that there were on defaults on mortgages in this entire community. Paragraph Five of the resolution says, “Hamilton Park has been a jewel in North Dallas for nearly 60 years. Hamilton Park is known as a quiet, stable and responsible area with dedicated professionals, educators, clergyman, business owners, entertainers, scholars and blue collars workers. “It has enriched this historic community through partnerships and collaborations with several non-profits, private corporations, and with the support of the Dallas Police Department to provide a safe community.” And finally the resolution concludes with the future; “In these changing times, the new generations guided by the teachings of their parents and mentors, continue to serve in a variety of community and civic roles throughout Dallas County and the world.” “The Ester Davis Show” FBRN.US. Check Podcast. Ester Davis is a celebrated writer, television producer and host of her signature shows. She can be reached Tune in to Fishbowl Internet (FBRN.US)Thursdays 1PM.

Celebration of Life for a gentleman and scholar the

Honorable Hollis Brashear Services were held at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for former Dallas school board president Hollis Brashear, who died on February 5, 2017. He was 81;



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Johnson hosts Annual State of the District Prayer Breakfast


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On Monday, February 20, 2017, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson will host her 22nd Annual State of the District Prayer Breakfast. The event serves as a time for faith-based leadership to offer prayers for the citizens of North Texas and have a discussion on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and collaboration to better serve in our shared community. There will be prayers and remarks from inter-faith leaders and ministerial alliances from across the North Texas faith-based community including: · Imam Omar Sulieman Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research · Rabbi Nancy Kasten Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square · Reverend Claude O. Maples Greater Dallas Congress of National Black Churches, Inc. · Reverend Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr. St. Luke Community United Methodist Church · Reverend Dr. George R. Collins Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church The keynote speaker for the event will be Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters. Dr. Waters is the founder and Senior

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U.S. Virgin Islands Media Dinner

Attendees heard about the latest developments and diverse offerings in the destination, culinary events like Agrifest, A Taste of St. Croix and St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, as well as the Territory's Centennial commemoration this year - marking 100 years since the transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States.


Week of FEBRUARY 15, 2017

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