Local Commentaries


An evening with Joanne Bland

Saturday I attended An Evening with Joanne Bland at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters.

The relevancy of Black history

Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week, which began Feb. 12, 1926. He scheduled the week to match the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

‘Give Us the Ballot’

Martin Luther King Jr. said in his Give Us the Ballot address to the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 1957: “Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government ...

What is the state of your union?

Every year in January, we can look forward to hearing the president of the United States give his State of the Union Address. This is the opportunity for the president to set the agenda for the upcoming year and to ...

The importance of research funding

Recently, a group of scientists announced the discovery of a new powerful antibiotic that they say has the potential to reduce deaths from dangerous infections. An estimated 75,000 people die each year from hospital-acquired infections, but new antibiotics are rarely ...

Continuing a legacy

Monday was the 29th year of the Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Festival in Dallas. It was the first year without Bill Blair, founder of the parade and publisher of the Elite News. Daryl Blair, his ...

An opportunity to serve

After Sunday morning worship services at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, staff from the Dallas Independent School District held a training session for members interested in volunteering at Dallas ISD schools.

Generation now or generation next?

As we begin a new year, I would like to take a few moments to look back on how 2014 ended. We saw across the country as a series of marches, protests and rallies of people of all ages began ...

They stood together to fight for voting rights

The new highly acclaimed motion picture Selma suggests that former President Lyndon Baines Johnson was not an ardent supporter of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and that he and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a less than fragile ...

A great semester for Dallas Independent School District

The start of a new year is an excellent time to reflect on the progress that Dallas ISD has made. This school year, working together and supported by our parents and community partners, we reached a number of milestones in ...

Conversation about the 84th Texas Legislature

The Texas Legislature meets every other year. This month the 84th Texas legislative session will start Tuesday and will be in session for 140 days, unless a special session is called by the governor to extend the session.

The most important Christmas gifts

It’s not surprising that during the Christmas holiday, songs like I’ll be Home for Christmas and Blue Christmas have been popular for generations. This year, All I Want for Christmas Is You is No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 ...

Where do we go from here?

A couple of weeks ago the Dallas Branch of the NAACP sponsored their annual Freedom Fund event – which this year was “Pre Thanksgiving Luncheon: Expanding Civil Rights” held at Charlton Methodist Hospital.

Affordable health care

Do you have health insurance? Prior to last year, many people did not have health care because they could not afford it.

Millennials: Take the torch and run with it

I have taken the last three weeks and watched as events have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, and now in New York.