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Around the State – Graphic by Robyn H. Jimenez/The Dallas Examiner

Around the State

Special to The Dallas Examiner



Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Hall of Fame Class of the African American Education Archives and History Program. The AAEAHP identifies and recognizes educators and others who have made significant contributions to the educational experience of African Americans in Dallas County.

To help those who might be interested in making a nomination, a session on how to complete the form and make a nomination has been set for Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Paul Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Library, located at 2008 E. Kiest Blvd. Individuals who are interested in being nominated or who would like to nominate another individual are encouraged to attend.

Nomination forms are available at the African American Museum, Dallas Post Tribune, Paul Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Library, Polk Wisdom Library, Dallas West Library and online at

The deadline to submit online nominations is Nov. 26. Printed nominations must be postmarked by Nov. 26 to be considered for the 2020 Hall of Fame. Mail to P.O. Box 411091, Dallas, TX 75241.

For more information, visit the website or call Dr. Roscoe C. Smith at 972-741-8213 or Gwendolyn Brantley at 972-298-6980.



The Take Flight Summit, co-founded by Lisa Randolph of Kaizen Endeavors Inc. and LaDonna Coy of Learning Chi, will be held Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. The summit will focus on life’s challenges and opportunities for women 45 and up.

Women from across the country will be attending to both network and engage with women thought leaders covering just about every important area in life.

“We decided on a gathering, a summit, the Take Flight Summit, made up of women like us, 45 and over, who are ready to raise our awareness about the changes we are experiencing, while also developing skills for living into our hopes and dreams of the future,” said Lisa Randolph, event co-founder. “What we’ve discovered is remarkable support and outstanding resources for women to tap into. We believe the best of our lives is ahead of us, living our legacy in full color. We hope you’ll join us in this life adventure.”

The summit is for women of all races, religions, sexual orientations and nationalities. Topics will include highlights like health, wellness and self-care; career and entrepreneurship; relationships; finances and building wealth; legal issues; and leaving a legacy.

For more information, registration and hotel information, visit



The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas announced Oct 3 plans to serve thousands of new families and multiple new communities by expanding its presence throughout the North Texas region.

Following a year-long study, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors and the organization’s leadership approved a multi-year, strategic growth strategy to renovate existing YMCA locations and partner with new communities to significantly expand the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ footprint with new or expanded programs or building facilities.

This comprehensive approach will enable the Y to serve more people and address pressing community health and wellness needs. In addition to renovating existing facilities, building new locations and providing expanded programs throughout North Texas, the plan will also examine the effectiveness of existing facilities to ensure donor resources are efficiently utilized.

“The YMCA has always been a convener in this region around the issues of health and wellness and in bringing families together,” said Curt Hazelbaker, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “But as North Texas continues to grow, there are more families and communities. An important part of our mission is to serve those ever-increasing number of families in need.”

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas currently serves 250,000 people each year in diverse communities within Dallas and surrounding cities in 8 counties. By 2030, North Texas is anticipating having a population of nearly 9.5 million residents. Part of the growth plan also includes the recent announcement of a potential sale of the T. Boone Pickens YMCA. The Y has had a presence in downtown Dallas since 1885 in four different locations.

“The YMCA will continue to call downtown home,” Hazelbaker continued. “If we’re able to secure the right offer and identify a suitable new location, the sale of the existing building could provide significant resources for our efforts to serve more families as part of our new growth strategy, including in downtown.”

The YMCA brings together men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and incomes. The YMCA makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, with three areas of focus: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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