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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.

Big D on the big stage – spotlighting Dallas

The past two weeks have given the city of Dallas an appearance on the big stage. This past week, we were the host to the New Cities Summit. This is an international event which brings innovative thinkers from around the ...

The Dallas community has spoken

The Joint Runoff Election for Dallas County was June 21. Among those elections were: Duncanville for mayor and District 4 Councilmember, Farmers Branch for mayor and District 2 Councilmember, Seagoville Place 5 Councilmember, and Dallas ISD District 6 member of ...

Fifty years after Freedom Summer … Where are we now?

This summer is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, sometimes referred to as the Mississippi Summer Project. In June 1964, the campaign was launched to register as many Blacks as possible to vote in Mississippi. Mississippi was chosen because of ...

Seeing Dallas change from a bird’s eye view

Last week I talked about my experience going on a bus tour of Southern Dallas’ newest development projects. This week, I will focus specifically on South Dallas. Not only does the sun shine brighter in the Sunny South but the ...

Churches can improve the quality of life

On Sunday, I visited Joy Tabernacle African American Episcopal Church on Holmes Street in South Dallas. The talented and gifted Pastor Michael Waters is the founder and senior pastor of the church.

Local Commentary: Seeing Dallas change from a bird’s eye view

I was recently appointed to serve as the chair of the Community Development Commission for the city of Dallas. I have served on this committee at different intervals for the past 10 years.

The courage to survive victoriously

Dr. Maya Angelou was one of the most beloved heroes of our time. Her magnetism was so great that millions – probably billions – of people across the globe felt a connection to her.

How do we know if we truly GrowSouth?

Mayor Mike Rawlings has made economic development in Southern Dallas a priority of his administration.

NBCI urges members to withhold NPR contributions

The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African American churchgoers, calls on African Americans to withhold contributions to NPR in response to their stifling of minority voices through the ...

Did you vote this time?

Only 2.01 percent of eligible voters in Dallas County voted in the May 27 primary runoff election.

Can morality be legislated?

I left Dallas in 1961 after graduating from Lincoln High School, one of three segregated high schools in the city.