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.
There will be a generation of kids who will only know what it was like to live in this country under a Black president
We can no longer wait to vote in presidential elections. We have too much at stake to sit out any election that is held in our community.
I have spent the majority of my career in education, either as a classroom teacher or as an educational consultant.
“When I was a child, I thought as a child, I spoke as a child, I acted as a child. But when I grew up I put away childish things.” – First Corinthians 13:11
President Barack Obama last week made a historic announcement to address an issue that has systematically had a devastating impact on a segment of the population in this country.
By now, most people are familiar with who Michael Dunn is. If not, they have heard the name Jordan Davis
This weekend at my church, True Lee Missionary Baptist Church, we made plans to go immediately after service and walk the neighborhood.
This past week, I was invited to attend a press conference at Paul Quinn College with U.S. House member Eddie Bernice Johnson, Dr. Juanita Wallace, president of the Dallas NAACP, Mr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, and Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. secretary of health and human services.
I had the pleasure to attend the fifth annual African American Male Academic Bowl this past Saturday on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson.
Happy New Year! I’m hoping that your start to 2014 is much greater than 2013 ever was! Didn’t know I was a motivational speaker, huh? This is the time of year that we make resolutions of how we want to improve our lives. Many of us say that we are going to lose weight.
Habari Gani! This is the greeting that is shared within African American families as they celebrate the cultural holiday, Kwanzaa. More than 50 years ago, Dr. Malauna Karenga founded this event as an opportunity to celebrate African culture here in the United States.
I have thought about writing about this topic for a while now. The first step is to admit that you have a problem and many of us have a problem.
It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to share my thoughts with the readers of The Dallas Examiner this past year. I have had the chance to write freely about any topic that has come to mind. For that, I am truly thankful.
I don’t consider myself to be a film critic, nor do I go out and see every movie that comes out. However, this particular film has special significance for me. When the original movie, The Best Man, came out 15 years ago I was in my mid-20, and was just beginning my career in education.
Oftentimes I am asked how did we as a race of people get where we are now.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
There is an independent film that is coming out that I can’t wait to see. The title is American Promise. This film is about two African American boys who go to a suburban private school in New York where they are amongst a small number of boys of color at the school. It follows their journey from kindergarten until they graduate from high school.
had the privilege of presenting a workshop at the Texas NAACP State Conference of Branches this past weekend. The conference was held at the DoubleTree Inn Hotel in Richardson. I was invited by the Texas State Youth Director, Mrs. Ericka Cain.
There was a popular rap group by the name of Outkast, who was very popular during the early ‘90s. They were from the ATL, or I should say Atlanta, and brought the hip-hop market in that area out into the mainstream. Outkast, known by its two members Andre 3000 and Big Boi, would rap about life growing up in Atlanta, and also about issues that were important to mainstream Black America during this time.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. There is an election in November and if you plan to vote – which we all should – you better make sure you have your ID with you. This year we have several constitutional amendments on the ballot, and if you live in Dallas ISD School Board District 8 you will be voting to elect a new trustee.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. I have been hearing for years now there is a generation gap between those of the civil rights era (the Moses generation) and those of the post-civil rights era (the Joshua generation). That one generation does not understand the struggle, and the other generation thinks the struggle is over. It’s time that we move past this by bridging the generational divide that exists within our community.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. I chose to stay home and watch the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on television instead of going to D.C. to attend personally. By doing that, I had an opportunity to share this experience with my sons in the comfort of our living room. While they are too young to really understand the significance of the original march and the commemoration, they were able to watch the thousands of people who were there. This allowed me to teach them how it was a time when it was against the law for Black people and White people to live together, eat together or sleep in the same hotel.
I received a phone call last Aug. 12 about 6 p.m. It was from a couple of friends I talk to all the time, so I thought no big deal. However, shortly after I answered I could tell this would not be the usual conversation. I was told at that time that former Dallas City Councilman Leo Chaney Jr. had passed. I was in total shock and disbelief until I turned on my computer and read the story on The Dallas Morning News website.
There is a popular saying that Black men cry in the dark. Unfortunately today, crying in the dark has led to depression. Depression has led in many cases to suicide. Something that was once unthinkable for Black men has increased tremendously in our community. More brothers are taking their own lives today than in the past.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. I had a chance over this weekend to go see the film Fruitvale Station, a movie based on the true story of the life of Oscar Grant. Grant was a young African American male who lived in Oakland, Calif., and was killed by the bullet of a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer at the Fruitvale transit station.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say.
I am not a writer, I just have something to say about the trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood Crime Watch chair of a gated community in Sanford, Fla., who has admitted to shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. A few months ago, I wrote a column about the upcoming hearing of the Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the column, I talked about the chance that due to the makeup of the current Supreme Court, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 could be overturned. It was important for us to make our voices heard so that nothing would be done to this act.
I’m not a writer. I just have something to say. On June 9, over 100 boys from across the country embarked upon the campus of Paul Quinn College in Dallas to spend two weeks in a college environment to learn the responsibility of manhood through the National Kappa Kamp. This camp takes place each summer and allows young boys between middle school and high school age to spend time with members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. It also gives these young men exposure to historical landmarks that are in the host city.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. This Sunday, we celebrate and recognize the sacrifice it takes on a daily basis to mold and shape boys and girls into the men and women who will lead and carry us into the next generation. We celebrate Father’s Day.
I’m not a writer. I just have something to say … As the smoke begins to clear down at 3700 Ross Ave., the time has come for us to heal. This Thursday, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees decided on a 7-2 vote to go forward with the recommendation of DISD staff to give non-renewals for the contracts of hundreds of teachers and two principals. As a result of this, many in the African American community have spoken out regarding this decision.
As my youngest son finished up his soccer season this weekend, I decided that I would take my boys to experience something that I had never experienced myself. It’s not that I wasn’t exposed to different things growing up, but kids today have opportunities that I would have never dreamed of.
On Saturday, we saw only 4 percent of registered voters in Dallas County turn out and participate in this year’s municipal and school board elections. Here in Dallas, all four of the Black City Council members – Carolyn Davis, Dwaine Caraway, Vonciel Jones Hill and Tennell Atkins – were re-elected and will have a chance to successfully complete eight years representing their respective districts. None of them are eligible for re-election due to term limits, so this opens the door for new voices down at Dallas City Hall (I will speak more about that at a later time).
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. This Sunday is a special day for many reasons. Many people celebrate Mother’s Day because of the love and appreciation they have for their mother or women who have been mother-figures in their lives. Others celebrate Mother’s Day because that is the one day of the year that they can put other things aside and reminisce about the good times when they were growing up. However, for me there are two main reasons why Mother’s Day is special.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. On Saturday, I had the privilege to attend an event that was the first of its kind. It was the North Texas African American Male Summit, which was held at the Bill J. Priest Institute at El Centro College. This event was sponsored by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Inc., the nation’s oldest African American Greek letter fraternity, and the Building and Achieving Academic Readiness Coalition. The BAAR Coalition is an association of organizations and ministries that serves the young African American male.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. I had the pleasure of serving as a chaperone for a group of 40 middle school students who were chosen to attend a high school tour of Skyline Career Development Center. These students were chosen with recommendations from their teachers and counselors and by their academic achievement.
I’m not a writer. I just have something to say. Now that we are only two weeks from early voting, it is time to turn things up a notch. Many people who did not vote in the May or August primaries, but voted in the November general election will be shocked to know that things have changed in the City of Dallas. This change did not occur in the past few weeks. It changed more than a year ago when the city was forced to redraw the boundary lines of many City Council districts because of redistricting.
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. I had the pleasure to spend this past weekend with some of Dallas’ most well-respected Black educators of our time. They make up the organization Coalition for an Accountable System of Education. CASE hosted a summit on education for African American children in Dallas ISD on Friday and Saturday at Friendship West Baptist Church where Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III serves as pastor.
Over the past half-century or so, the African American community has continued to be impacted by the same issues. We have the highest dropout rate, the lowest wealth rate, the highest incarceration rate and the highest unemployment rate. If this is true, have things gotten better since integration or worse?