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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 6/15/2015, 8:49 a.m.
Special to The Dallas Examiner
After reviewing a video recording of the pool party incident in McKinney, Arthur Fleming of the NAACP-Dallas Chapter released a statement expressing that the chapter feels the use of force was inappropriate.
The group called Cpl. David Eric Casebolt’s actions erratic and unprofessional, and stated that he posed a serious threat to all involved.
“We believe this type of police behavior only enforces the belief that there are two standards of policing in America, one Black and one White,” Fleming demanded. “Therefore the Dallas unit of the NAACP joins the McKinney, Texas, community in asking that Casebolt be fired from all police duties, and that the entire McKinney Police Department undergo training in community relations as it relates to people of color.”
On behalf of the NAACP-Dallas Chapter, Fleming stated that the chapter looked forward to working with the area NAACP chapters, the state NAACP conference and the national NAACP to address the issue of police brutality and its economic component.
“The Dallas unit NAACP pledges to work with all Metroplex communities and organizations to address the issue of excessive force by police in communities of color, the Black community in particular,” he concluded.
The Dallas Civil Rights Museum – housed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center – will launch a lecture series named after the former MLK Advisory Board member Dr. Jerry B. Chambers. Chambers was a long-time educator and civil rights activist with a passion for teaching students about Black history. He died two month ago.
The first lecture will be held June 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the front lobby of Building A at the center, located at 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Light refreshments will be served.
The keynote speaker will be Cheryl Brown Wattley, a professor of law and director of Clinical Education at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Wattley won the Oklahoma Book Award – Non-Fiction for her first book, A Step Toward Brown v. Board of Education: Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and Her Fight to End Segregation.
For more information and registration, contact 214-670-8418 or visit http://www.mlkcelebrationdallas.org.
A Juneteenth Festival and Celebration, hosted by MetroPCS, will be held on June 20 from noon to 6 p.m. to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery. Juneteenth recognizes June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston the freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. Texas was the last state in rebellion to allow slavery following the end of the Civil War.
The festival will be held at Dallas City Hall Plaza, located at 500 Marilla St. Entertainment and activities will include live music, a DJ mix off, comedy acts, bounce houses, face painting and more. Tickets are needed for entry for all ages and are free at DFW MetroPCS locations; limited to two tickets per person while supplies last. Complimentary parking will also be available.
Professional Service Advisory Committee Roundtable, a free professional event hosted by the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce in partnership with Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce’s annual Expo, will be held June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Collin College Conference Center, 9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco. For more information and registration, call 512-535-5610, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.taaacc.org.
A full-length jazz program produced by WRR Radio will be held the first Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. on 101.1 FM and worldwide at http://www.wrr101.com. Hosted by jazz aficionado Vicki Meek, the show will feature interviews, music and live performances by jazz musicians from Dallas and around the world. Each month will feature a particular jazz style or period in history influenced by jazz music and musicians.
Owned by the city of Dallas and operated by the Office of Cultural Affairs, the station was licensed in August 1921. It is the oldest same-owner station 24-hour classical music station in the United States and the only 24-hour classical music station in Texas.