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<p>From left: Attorney Scotty Allen and his wife Attorney Cynthia Allen, Dr. Zan Holmes, Curtis King, The Dallas Examiner Publisher Mollie F. Belt, Holmes’ wife Carrie Holmes, Barbara Steele and her husband Judge Cleo Steele. </p>

From left: Attorney Scotty Allen and his wife Attorney Cynthia Allen, Dr. Zan Holmes, Curtis King, The Dallas Examiner Publisher Mollie F. Belt, Holmes’ wife Carrie Holmes, Barbara Steele and her husband Judge Cleo Steele.

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TBAAL salutes its King

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On July 17, 1977, Curtis King founded The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. on his dining room table with a personal investment of $250. For the past 31 years, TBAAL has been the launching pad for artists such as Grammy-winner Erykah Badu and Emmy-winner Regina Taylor. King said the goal of the organizations is to create and enhance awareness and understanding of artistic, cultural and aesthetic differences utilizing the framework of African American arts and letters. Also, he said the group wants to promote, foster, cultivate, perpetuate and preserve the arts and letters of African Americans in the fine, literary and performing arts