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(AP) – The Austin City Council voted Thursday to remove the names of Confederate leaders from two roads: Robert E. Lee Road and Jeff Davis Avenue.

Robert E. Lee Road will be named for Azie Taylor Morton, the country’s first Black U.S. treasurer. Morton grew up and went to college in Austin. The roadway’s official designation will be Azie Morton Road.

Jeff Davis Avenue will be named for William Holland, a Black man who served as a Travis County commissioner and in the Texas Legislature.

Most residents who responded to surveys from the city objected to the proposed name changes, though most of the speakers at City Hall on Thursday were in favor of the revisions.


(AP) – Authorities say the first Black woman elected sheriff in Texas and two other candidates for the post have been indicted for criminal violations for fraud related to campaign contributions.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Friday that a grand jury in Chambers County issued the indictments.

Paxton said Zena Stephens, elected Jefferson County sheriff in 2016, was indicted on one felony count of tampering with a government record. The indictment says she reported at $5,000 cash contribution in the section for contributions of $50 or less.

She was also indicted on two misdemeanor counts of accepting cash contributions exceeding $100.

Stephens told Beaumont television station KFDM that nothing was done intentionally and she’s innocent.

The two other candidates were indicted on misdemeanors.


The Foster Kidd Foundation will host a VIP reception Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the African American Museum, located at 3536 Grand Ave., to kick-off its annual fundraising weekend. The charity weekend, benefitting Paul Quinn College and The First Tee of Greater Dallas, will be held June 29 through July 2.

The kick off will bring together community, nonprofit and higher education leaders, as well as event sponsors to gear up for the charity weekend. Ron Kirk, former U.S trade representative, will be the honorary chair. Speakers include Kevin Williams, Multicultural Marketing Executive for BMW North America and Dr. Cheryl Jackson, founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry.

Weekend events and activities include: a gala, a jazz brunch, entertainment and the scramble golf tournament held at the Trinity Forest Gold Club – new home of the AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Tournament.

For more information and to RSVP, contact LaWonda Peoples at 817-689-4344 or


The African American Museum will host a glitzy Harlem Renaissance cabaret-style gala May 5 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway. The gala will serve as the museum’s annual fund raiser to benefit the museum’s daily operation, the enriching and educational “Science of Art” STEAM summer camp that serves disadvantaged youth from the Southern and Western Sectors of the city, as well as key programs, including permanent and upcoming art exhibits, such as: The Souls of Black Folks; Facing the Rising Sun: The Freedman’s Cemetery; The Levenson Collection of Jazz; Monticello: The Legacy of Slavery; and Tina Williams Brewer’s Rising from the Thicket: A Retrospective.

The museum in located in the city’s historic Fair Park district, and is one of the few museums in the southwestern region of the country devoted to the collection, preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials related to the African American experience.

The fundraiser will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, a three-course dinner, an auction and entertainment by local band, Reuben Lael and Company. During the ceremony, the museum will also present its highest honor, the Heritage Award, to David Griffin and Gloria Lockett for their outstanding contributions to the Museum.

For more information and tickets, contact Jane Jones at 214-565-9026, ext. 328,, or visit


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