Fifty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. touched many hearts and changed the course of American history as he stood before thousands at the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his unforgettable I Have a Dream speech.
Nearly 6,000 children have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect by their parents or caregivers in Dallas County. Some children eventually return home. During that waiting period they are placed in foster care, if one is available.
Paul Quinn’s student living center, first building since 1990
Paul Quinn College is the only Historically Black College and University in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson encouraged boys to follow their dreams and shared with them words of wisdom during his visit to the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, a preparatory secondary school for boys located in Oak Cliff, on the last day of school.
Religious leader Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr., the retired pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and former mentor to President Barack Obama, urged Christians to unite and work together as the Body of Christ, during his speech at the 108th Annual Session of the National Baptist Congress “A School of Methods for Christian Training.” He also stressed the importance of people combining their efforts to correct the problems affecting the Black community.
Despite its recent changes, the West Dallas Community Center said it’s ready to continue the mission of strengthening West Dallas neighborhoods.
Rev. Jesse Jackson recently pushed his way through Silicon Valley to bring attention to the lack of African Americans and Latinos working in major tech companies, especially at the executive level. So far, he has targeted the big players: Hewlett Packard, Google, Apple, eBay, Facebook and Twitter.
Drivers who use Interstate 345 to travel from Southern Dallas to Northern Downtown can relax – at least for now. The Texas Department of Transportation has decided to repair the 1.4-mile-long freeway, that connects Interstate 45 and Interstate 75, until officials determine whether to replace or demolish it.
Superintendent announces more changes to come
Since taking over as Dallas ISD superintendent, Mike Miles has made several notable changes in the district. There are more changes to come, he announced during his speech at the third Annual Education Summit presented by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce on April 24. He also discussed what the district has achieved within the past 10 years, as well as the challenges it has to overcome.
Parkland Health and Hospital System’s new CEO and president, Dr. Fred Cerise, already has his plate full as the new man-in-charge.