Local Commentaries


What did the Cowboys’ kneeling mean?

What did the Cowboys’ pre-anthem kneeling really mean?

Campaigns: Follow the yellow brick road

The Nov. 7 Campaign for the City Bond election tends to remind me of scenes from the 1939 classic Wizard of Oz.

Providing prevention of a fatal disease

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us, and this gives us the time to remember all those who have gone through the intrusive experience of breast cancer.

Helpless Americans in limbo waiting for a ‘great again’ America

It has taken less than a year for the 45th president of the United States … United States? … to undo everything that the 44th president accomplished in eight years. I do not know about the rest of America, but ...

Honoring the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer

In this month, we honor the civil rights icon and voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Born on Oct. 3, 1917, Hamer is fondly remembered and admired for her activism during the Civil Rights Movement, when she spoke out against ...

A hole in one? Either way, we must stay the course

The Golf Club of Dallas served as host for the September Community Hearing on the new housing proposal made by Huffines Communities.

Back to school: Are they ready to read?

For many students in District 30, the first few weeks of school are met with much enthusiasm and high expectations to succeed in the classroom setting. While students are prepared physically to go to school, many students are not prepared ...

Challenging every vestige of hatred, racism

I recently watched the movie Hidden Figures, the important factual film about three Black female mathematicians and their inestimable,

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.

What do we have to offer Harvey evacuees?

I had the pleasure of spending Labor Day with church members who fellowshipped with Hurricane Harvey evacuees at a barbecue my church hosted.

We are our brother’s keeper in time of trouble

What will the people do who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey? And what will “church people” do in response to the enormous needs of people that will only increase, even as the flood waters recede?

Power concedes nothing without demand : Lessons learned by Southeast Dallas residents

A caution sign adorns Jim Miller Road’s dead end south of Loop 12. It warns nearby children and others with the words, “CAUTION. Landfill Closure Site Construction and Environmental Hazards.”

A crisis of symbolism, a call for substance

Today, I want to talk about bail reform and why it matters to our community. Your Dallas County Criminal Judges and your Dallas County Commissioners and the local bail bond industry are working together to implement modern, evidence-based factors to ...

The Forest Theater redevelopment should lift the entire community

For over two and a half years, Junie Development, LLC, a collaboration involving Kennedy Barnes and Ward White, both successful attorneys with proven entertainment project creation, along with Dr. Terry Flowers, headmaster of the St. Philips School and Community Center, ...

From Confederacy to neighborhood inequity

While activists fight to tear down the stone-carved painful reminders of a past when Africans suffered under chattel slavery, a concurrent public action to make the wrongs in Dallas right has been taking place.