I want to commend Mayor Mike Rawlings, City Councilman Dwaine Caraway and County Commissioner Elba Garcia for initiating Conversations about Race, a dialogue and discussion about race. It was an honor for me to participate as one of five invited panelists.
DALLAS DART officials introduced the mobile ticketing app GoPass at a ceremony at Union Station on Monday. The mobile app will allow customers to buy, store and activate passes on their smartphones. The passes are good for DART, the TRE and DCTA making them among the first in the country to offer mobile ticketing. GoPass also offers trip-planning tools, making it unique among other mobile ticketing apps. For more information, visit www.dart.org.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced on Sept. 5 that the U.S. Department of Justice will award a federal grant of $300,000 to Dallas County for the fiscal year 2013 Court Training and Improvements Program.
Planners of a memorial to honor the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham say they are nearing their goal of raising $250,000. Four Spirits Inc. on Sunday announced that collections and commitments for the design, construction and installation of the project have surpassed $200,000. Four Spirits Inc. is a nonprofit organization formed to collect money and establish the memorial.
DALLAS Last week, Dallas ISD reached its highest rate of enrollment for the first day of class, with 143,412 students enrolling in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools served 40,000 breakfasts and 109,000 lunches.
Former track-and-field world-champion athlete Marion Jones will be the guest speaker at the Second Annual Fit and Faithful Living Expo on Sept. 21. The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center/Theater at Southern Methodist University, 3140 Dyer St. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes so they can participate.
On Aug. 14, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, dean of the Civil Rights Movement, addressed citizens, civil rights and religious groups, civic leaders and legislators from across the nation to launch a 50-state project to promote, restore, and preserve fair and accessible voting rights.
On Monday, Lancaster ISD students and parents returned to campuses in style as they were greeted by men in suits upon arrival and walkwd a red carpet to enter the buildings as part of the Back to School Red Carpet Welcome.
The South Dallas Cultural Center will host an event commemorating the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. The special tribute will include a screening of the National Geographic film Deadly Floods, and a special appearance by Imani Williams, a Katrina survivor featured in the film.
On Saturday, the city of Dallas will launch a free BOPA collection service. The collection service is a mobile collection site of used batteries, motor oil and oil filters, latex paint, and antifreeze. The site will be located at Southwest Center Mall, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road.