Mollie Finch Belt, publisher of The Dallas Examiner
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In November, my husband and I attended The Rivers, Toney and Watson Annual Awards Ceremony established in 1981and named in honor of the first three African American judges elected to office in New York state.
Teaching is probably one of the most important professions because it directly contributes to an educated society. For generations, it has been the cornerstone in forming the minds of our youth into the next generation of leaders. Unfortunately, teaching is not a career young people say they want to pursue today because of the low pay and status of teachers in our society.
We have all read about the many murders of civil rights workers in the 60s in Mississippi and Alabama – people working for Blacks to have the right to vote. These people sacrificed their lives so that Blacks could vote.
Sixty-nine years ago my grandmother died of breast cancer. She may have lived if she had access to medical care. She lived in Dallas in 1944. Dallas was a segregated city at that time. Access to medical care was far from equal even though we had Black physicians.