As I have gotten older, I have begun to appreciate music from the 70’s. I have become a fan of Maze and Frankie Beverly.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, it’s a good time to reflect on the historical impact of young people who were willing to risk their lives to register Black people to vote in Mississippi. As a result of their courage and their sacrifice, many people today, not only in Mississippi but across the country, can now register and vote in any election.
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 Carla Ranger is stepping down after many years of service and speaking truth to power on issues of concern to children that lived in her district. This is the only majority African American district in Dallas ISD.
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 globe to discuss and develop effective strategies for addressing urban challenges here in Dallas and across the country.
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 future is also extremely bright.
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.
Mayor Mike Rawlings has made economic development in Southern Dallas a priority of his administration.
I watched very closely as the results of the Dallas ISD school board race came in.
It’s not often that you have two heavyweights who leave us within two weeks of each other. However, that was the case for the Black community in Dallas with the passing of former Judge L.A. Bedford and Dr. Bill Blair Jr. Each of these men were trailblazers in our city during a time when it was not popular to go against the status quo.
As a result of Texas House Bill 5, which was passed during the last state legislative session, students who will graduate in the class of 2018 will be the first in the state of Texas to walk across the stage with a diploma in an endorsement of their choice.