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Building a better future for Dallas and its residents

The city of Dallas is in the midst of its annual budget process and my office was recently approached by a group of people looking to make sure that Dallas Animal Services gets the money it needs to operate effectively.

The time is always now

Al Sharpton recently spoke at the National Bar Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. I always take every opportunity to hear Sharpton because his speeches are filled with powerful and true phrases.

Message to my generation: Time to move on

I’m going to stick to my 70’s theme. Teddy Pendergrass had a very popular sing during this time. In the chorus of the song, “TKO,” Teddy made the statement: I think I better let it go. This is the message ...

Lawyers are still needed in the fight for justice

Prior to and during the Civil Rights Movement, Black lawyers were the protectors of our civil rights.

The mental health crisis in the United States

Our country’s mental health system is in shambles, and many of the most severely ill are being harshly excluded from treatment systems. Many of the most severely ill are destitute or homeless.

Civil Rights Museum - A must experience

The new Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum – referred to as the Civil Rights Museum by the community – that opened in Atlanta, Georgia, July 1 is a must to experience.

You have the right to remain silent

Whenever the police make an arrest, they are required to provide every citizen with a reading of the Miranda warnings. We are all familiar with this. It starts out with “you have the right to remain silent. Anything said can ...

Legislative action begins with us

The Dallas Examiner has been trying to determine why many Blacks are not voting.

The Golden Times: What happened?

As I have gotten older, I have begun to appreciate music from the 70’s. I have become a fan of Maze and Frankie Beverly.

The border of responsibility: Should we be taking care of immigrants?

Every year, the United States deports 400,000 immigrants who entered Texas illegally. Recently, the number of immigrants entering illegally has increased dramatically, with the majority of them being children traveling unaccompanied by an adult.

It is time for us to go back to the basics

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, it’s a good time to reflect on the historical impact of young people who were willing to risk their lives to register Black people to vote in Mississippi. As a result ...

Getting out the Black vote

Monday night at the African American Museum, Community Conversation presented by The Dallas Examiner, took the format of a workshop on “How To Get the Black Vote Out.”

Exercising Power

This week marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – a moment that impacted every corner of America. Yet, many Americans do not know the history of the passage of this legislation that significantly ...

Time to put our vote where are our mouth is

I watched very closely as the results of the Dallas ISD school board race came in. Congratulations to Trustee Miguel Solis in District 8 and to Trustee Joyce Foreman, who won the runoff for District 6. In this district, Trustee ...

The Survey of Texas Black-owned Businesses

It should be understood that without the commitment of University of Texas President William Powers there would be no Survey of Texas Black-owned Businesses.