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Leslie Dunbar: Indispensable civil rights ally

When foundation and civil rights and antipoverty leader and supporter Leslie Dunbar died Jan. 4 at 95, the Children’s Defense Fund and many civil rights and public interest organizations that have worked over the decades to prevent voter suppression, hunger and poverty lost a strategic, thoughtful, long-term friend.

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Sustained persistence, sacrificial resistance

Listening to all the Black chatter about the post-Obama era, all the indignation, the whining and the lamenting about Trump, makes me think about the Standing Rock protest and standoff in North Dakota.

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What’s next after the Women’s March?

Our nation has been wounded recently. But out of the wounds came somethig beautiful –millions of women, men and children marched across the nation and worldwide Jan. 20 in support of the Women’s Movement that has blossomed after the election

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God, in the time of trouble, chaos and Trump

The nation is changing right in front of our eyes. Things that are being done will have impact for generations to come. Many – not all, but many – of the people who wanted their country back are getting it; they are pleased at everything that the new president is doing and are not worried at all. This new president is promising them jobs; he is putting White supremacy back in its rightful place after it was bumped aside by a relatively aggressive progressive agenda.

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CBC, AGs and consumer advocates stand up to CFPB foes

As a new Congress and White House begin their respective governmental roles, a still-growing cadre of supporters and opponents are focusing on the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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American democracy depends upon full investigation of foreign influence

“Foreign powers also will not be idle spectators. They will interpose, the confusion will increase, and dissolution of the Union ensue.” – Alexander Hamilton, 1787

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When it’s time to choose a nursing home for a parent

No one looks forward to moving into a nursing home or putting a loved one there.

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Physician attributes decline in cancer deaths to screenings, behavior changes

At age 31, when Alisha Hill-McElroy felt a small lump “about the size of a pea” in one of her breasts in November 2015, she knew she had to act. Part of her urgency stemmed from her work as an Oncology Patient Care Coordinator at Parkland Health & Hospital System.

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DBDT’s seventh annual Cultural Awareness Series

Dallas Black Dance Theatre will commemorate its 40th anniversary season during its seventh annual Cultural Awareness Series. The series will be held Feb. 17 to Feb. 19 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, located at 2400 Flora St.

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A garden in the desert: For Oak Cliff hosts MLK Day of Service

The Southern Dallas food desert has been a growing epidemic in the city that had few solutions. The lack of grocery stores in the southern sector has placed an economic and physical strain on low-income Black families, forcing them to spend extra money on transportation and spend long hours moving from one community to another. Instead of waiting for city officials and grocery store chains to address the matter, a community leader joined local residents to take on the task head on and came up with solutions to fix the problems for one of Southern Dallas’ historic communities.

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White House changes create additional concerns

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has caused alarm for many groups and individuals across the country with concerns about what has been described as his racist, xenophobic, homophobic and sexist speeches.

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White House press faces questions over false reports

Donald Trump’s “running war” on the media is continuing into his presidency, with statements over the weekend calling into question the extent to which information from the White House can be trusted.

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City to host Olympic-style Senior Games

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is inviting senior citizens to challenge themselves and strive to be more physically active by participating in the 2017 Dallas Senior Games. The Olympic-style competition, open to all athletes age 50 years old or older as of Dec. 31, 2016, will be held at Fair Park from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28 with a cycling event also taking place March 4 and March 5.

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MLK oratory competition focuses on Ali

The 25th annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, established in 1993, is hosted in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day to encourage the community to remember and pay tribute to the late civil rights leader’s legacy. The event is designed to highlight the cultural diversity of the community while recognizing and encouraging the writing and presentation skills of elementary school students.

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Around the State

Mayor Mike Rawlings will join Councilwoman Tiffinni A. Young to reveal plans for an innovative hub for entrepreneurs in South Dallas/Fair Park. The Fair Park Entrepreneur Center – known as The District – is an initiative developed by The Zip Code Connection along with other partners to encourage individuals to start small businesses.

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Scott’s story: Lessons children teach adults

A number of years ago, I heard a deeply moving story at a Children’s Miracle Network event, a charity that raises money in partnership with children’s hospitals around the country and helps serve sick and injured children in their local communities.

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King held a mirror up to a nation’s values

How should Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday be celebrated? It should be celebrated in many different ways.

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ACA debate continues, no remedy offered

Since the build-up to its passage, the Affordable Care Act has been intensely controversial.

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A divided nation: Looking for the One, True God

On the evening of Jan. 19, the day before the inauguration of the new president, actor Jon Voight said that God “has answered our prayers,” and he added that Lincoln was smiling on the incoming president as well – the event was being held at the Lincoln Memorial.

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Diversity: the U.S. Senate has failed to move the needle

“America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together.” – Barack Obama

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