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This year, Dallas ISD and the city of Dallas are joining forces to take a stand against bullying with the Take the Lead: Be a HERO – Help, Encourage, and Respect Others – campaign.

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Grambling State to pay Jackson State for lost revenue

The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Nov. 13 that it plans to assist Jackson State University with an undisclosed amount as a result of its lost home contest with Grambling State last month.

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The minutes of the last meeting

“Have we read the minutes of the last meeting?” – Rev. Zan W. Holmes Jr.

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The city of Dallas will host a Shred Day/Coat and Blanket Collection as part of its Texas Recycles Day on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southwest Center Mall, 3663 W. Camp Wisdom Road.

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Presidential Salute to Living History

Obama honors 107-year-old Black Texas veteran

During the national Veterans Day address on Monday, President Barack Obama honored Richard Arvine Overton, who served in the United States Army during World War II and may be the nation’s oldest living veteran.

Educating our Black boys

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass

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On Sunday, St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church will host a Salute to our Veterans, with Pastor Emeritus Dr. Zan W. Holmes Jr., during the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship service.

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The Dallas County Health and Human Services Commission benefits office at 10939B Shady Trail moved to 12100 Ford Road on Friday.

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Bishop Lynch High School will host Justice Jeff Brown on Oct. 30 on school grounds following his speaking engagement at The Federalist Society Law and Public Policy Studies. He plans to speak to the nationally recognized Mock Trial Team and a government class

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Health department offers free flu vaccines

Dallas County Health and Human Services is offering the seasonal flu vaccine for children and adults. The adult flu vaccine is free for all uninsured and low-income Dallas County adult residents and individuals covered by Medicare. The vaccine is also free for children who are eligible for Texas Vaccines for Children.

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Expo to offer resources, education and networking for people with disabilities

There are 25,883,999 people residents in Texas – approximately 11.5 percent – or 2,250,782 individuals – are living with disabilities. Of those Texans with disabilities, 1,511,000 were employed, while 943,700 were actively looking for employment, in 2011, according to the Employment and Disability Institute.

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Southwestern Athletic Conference News and Updates

Prairie View A&M’s 56-48 win over Stephen F. Austin (9/28) was the league’s first victory over a non HBCU Division I FCS team since 2009. The last team from the SWAC to accomplish the feat was Grambling State with a 38-17 win over Northwestern State

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Health conference to focus on depression in African American community

Black lawmakers from across the country will convene at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators 20th Annual Black Dialogue on Health on Friday in Indianapolis, Ind., to discuss legislative solutions and innovative partnerships that will address depression in the African American community.

The great consumers

African Americans’ buying power is approximately $1 trillion annually. Three years ago the National Newspaper Publishers Association entered into a partnership with Nielsen to study the buying habits of the African American consumer. A couple of weeks ago, at the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C., I attended a press conference held by the partnering groups to unveil their third study of the African American consumer.

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NAACP honors Texas Heroes

Publisher Mollie Finch Belt of The Dallas Examiner and recently retired Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, the first African American justice elected to the Texas Supreme Court, will both be honored as Texas Heroes during the closing ceremony of the 77th annual Texas NAACP State Convention.

Historically Underutilized Businesses

Last week, I attended the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce 13th Annual Conference in Austin. The theme for the conference was “A New Day.”

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The Methodist Health System Mobile Mammography Unit will visit the Sister-to-Sister Fitness Festival on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Recreation Center, 310 E. Parkerville Road.

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Prayer conference on women’s well-being

St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church will sponsor a National Prayer Conference on Saturday, aimed at empowering women to realize emotional and physical health, spiritual growth and financial security. The conference will combine worship and prayer sessions with workshops conducted by experts in topics of vital interest to women.

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Candidates for city attorney selected for second-round interviews

Mayor Rawlings and the Dallas City Council announced three candidates that will be invited for a second round of interviews for the appointment of Dallas city attorney.

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Congress cuts SNAP funding to America’s vulnerable

Texas households with children suffered extraordinarily high rates of food hardship during the recession, according to a new national report released Sept. 19. In five years of telephone surveys conducted through 2012, over 1 in 4 – 27.4 percent – of these households said they couldn’t consistently afford enough food.

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