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Neighborhoods We Called Home

Dallas Heritage Village preserves history of segregation in Dallas

“We’re actually the worst city when it comes to preservation,” Dr. George Keaton Jr. remarked during the Sept. 1 opening of the Neighborhoods We Called Home exhibition at Dallas Heritage Village. The Neighborhoods exhibit, a collaborative venture showcasing the history and housing of Black, Hispanic and Jewish neighborhoods of the city, runs until Dec. 30 and is intended to be a balm to the issue that the doctor spoke on.

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Stephens tops US Open final for first Grand Slam title

Sloane Stephens’ remarkably rapid rise from a ranking of 957th in early August to U.S. Open champion on Saturday began with the slow work of coming back from surgery on her left foot.

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Dallas ISD’s mission to save the district – Part One: How the vote failed

Possibly the most contentious issue the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees has had to deal with in the past two years has been the vote to approve the order of a Tax Ratification Election. Though the TRE proposal was previously presented to the public and local organizations as a simple tax increase with guaranteed benefits that the community couldn’t afford not to vote for, a recent school board meeting revealed that each part of the proposal was complicated and no part of the program was guaranteed.

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Educational tool helps bridge communication in local school districts

Creating the next generation of global leaders is what DeSoto Independent School District’s coordinator of Parent Engagement and Professional Learning, Dr. Amber Reed, said is the district’s vision.

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Sankofa Garden Homes: Starting an above-ground garden

Last month, I introduced you the Sankofa Bird image and the Sankofa Adinkra symbol. This month, I would first like to expand on the Sankofa Adinkra symbol above. The reason is that from this point on, the Adinkra symbol will represent Sankofa Garden Homes.

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Around the State

Sept. 15 is PARK(ing) Day, an annual, open-source, global event where artists, designers and activists transform parking spaces into temporary public parks to generate public engagement and critical dialogue on the need for public, open spaces in urban areas.

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Men used as slaves, abused seek compensation

Peonage researcher and detective Antoinette Harrell has spent the past five years researching peonage that took place at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in Marianna, searching for a lead that could confirm that peonage practices took place in the state operated school campus.

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Congress: Act on CHIP

“In this dark day of discontent So many feel despair As poverty and dissidence Cause sadness everywhere.”

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A word to police officers

The arrest and harassment of Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett by Las Vegas police officers was bad in and of itself. For people of color, it represented the all-too-familiar scenario of what happens far too often: There is a confrontation that involves what looks to be excessive force by police officers and despite what looks like obvious abuse of another human beings, the officers are excused.

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Texans remain resilient in wake of Harvey

More than a week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, the devastation already appears to have surpassed the damage caused by both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy in other parts of the country.

Is this America? Kharon Davis held years without trial

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed...” – US Constitution 1789 (rev. 1992)

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Education cuts ties to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Senators seek answers about new departmental appointee

A recent letter from the U.S. Department of Education to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with a controversial appointment, have together triggered reactions that do not bode well for the 44 million consumers who together share $1.4 trillion in borrowed student debt.

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Suffering in silence: Blacks, mental illness

African Americans endure more intense and frequent mental and behavioral health issues than their counterparts, at least in part related to poverty and exposure to racism and discrimination, both of which disproportionally affect minorities.

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Counseling Corner: Getting school mornings under control

In too many homes, the average school day morning can best be described as chaos. Parents shouting, homework missing, favorite clothes suddenly hiding and a hundred other calamities that add stress to the morning and too often mean rushing to make school on time.

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Feds, Texas offer choices for students homeless after Harvey

Michael Evan Hilburn says he can’t wait to start kindergarten this week at a school about 20 miles from the Houston shelter where he and his father have been living since Harvey devastated the city.

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DeSoto ISD to host leadership forum for girls

Fewer than 1 in 10 minority women will be employed as scientists and engineers, according to a National Girls Collaborative Project study. Racial and ethnic female groups are significantly underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce despite an increase over the past two decades.

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Equifax breach exposes 143 million people to identity theft

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.

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Chambers receive funding for community assistance

Toyota’s relocation of its headquarters from California to Plano will theoretically change the economic landscape of the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the better as more corporate jobs, dealerships and support businesses open up for those seeking work. Along with this move, the automobile company brought the gift of community aid amid criticism of jobs going to northernmost Dallas County rather than to the Southern Sector.

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Through the Storm

Stranded Houston Ballet instructor teaches Montana youth

Renowned ballerina Lauren Anderson, a Houston native, was supposed to return home on Sunday. But after Hurricane Harvey left the nation’s fourth largest city under water and she was stuck in Helena without her family, she decided to put her extra time to good use for local children.

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Tubman on the Twenty?

Treasury secretary avoids discussing changes to the $20 bill

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is raising speculation that Harriet Tubman’s future on the $20 bill could be in jeopardy.


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