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“Insurance Basics: How Insurance Can Be Used to Accumulate Generational Wealth” will be presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center, Jan. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Ave.

The “Lunch and Learn Series” is a signature program of the center. It launched in July 2018 with “Marketing Basics,” and continues each month with a new class that provides learning opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specifically targeted to those in the South Dallas area.

“Insurance Basics” will teach participants the following:

• The various types of insurance products

• How to select the best type of insurance product for your current needs and the needs of future generations

• How to create a generational wealth strategy using insurance products

Classes will be offered in person and via Facebook Live. For more information, email: or call Jasmine Anderson at 214-324-4443.

The classes are free and open to the public. Attendees should bring a lunch. Drinks will be provided. To register, visit


West Dallas and South Oak Cliff property owners can receive property tax consultation that may help to reduce property taxes. Tax consultant Will Toler will help residents file their homestead exemptions and property value protests. He will also help clear certain title problems. Help is provided in English and Spanish. Contact Toler at 214-277-3087 or


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Omicron Mu Omega Chapter will host its annual Founders’ Day Celebration Luncheon, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located at 300 Reunion Blvd.

The keynote speaker for the event, themed “Excellence in Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service,” will be Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University. Additionally, the chapter will honor members who have 50 and 25 years of service and membership with AKA.

On Jan. 15, members will celebrate the 111th anniversary of the sorority’s founding in 1908. To commemorate this historic event, chapters within the contiguous U.S. and international regions host annual observances to familiarize the general public with the history of AKA, as well as its significant contributions and service.

Omicron Mu Omega was established June 23, 1984, as a second Dallas alumnae chapter for the intentional purpose of reclaiming and retaining inactive sorority members.

Since its inception, the chapter has been a beacon of service by providing scholarships to Dallas area high school students, mentoring young ladies through its signature program, Cachet Youth Group, and partnering with a host of organizations, such as the American Heart Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to name a few.

For more information and to register, visit


The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, will hold 11 free legal clinics in February for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines. All clinics begin at 5 p.m., with the exception of the Veteran’s Clinic, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

The clinics offer free legal advice and consultation in civil matters for those who qualify under Legal Aid’s income eligibility guidelines. Applicants are asked to bring proof of income, identification, legal papers, etc. with them to the clinic.

Schedules and locations are as follows:

• Feb. 1 – Veterans Resource Center, 4900 S. Lancaster Road (for veterans and their families only)

• Feb. 5, Feb. 12 and Feb. 26 – Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 2922 MLK Blvd.

• Feb. 7 and Feb. 21 – Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius St.

• Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 – 2828 Fish Trap Road

• Feb. 21 – Salvation Army, 451 W. Avenue D in Garland

• Feb. 20 – Friendship-West Baptist Church, 2020 W. Wheatland Road

• Feb. 19 – St. Phillip’s Community Center, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

For more information, visit


The fifth edition of Who’s Who In Black Dallas will be unveiled at a networking reception and program at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. as it celebrates the achievements of African Americans in the metropolitan Dallas area. Over 200 people will be highlighted in the publication.

The periodical highlights the achievements of African Americans and other minority groups in over 25 markets across the country through its brand of Who’s Who publications and signature events.

Joining the celebration for the fifth edition will be retiring state Rep. Helen Giddings, who penned the book’s foreword, and Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, who wrote the introduction.

“We are excited to be doing the fifth edition of Who’s Who In Black Dallas and are equally excited to have state Rep. Helen Giddings and Dr. Michael Sorrell penning the foreword and introduction for this edition,” says Carter Womack, chief operating officer of Who’s Who In Black. “Their respective impact on the African American community goes hand in hand with the commitment and vision of Who’s Who In Black.”

“Recognizing the achievements of African Americans in Dallas is significant. Sharing my thoughts among those affiliated with Who’s Who In Black Dallas is very heart warming,” said Giddings.

“I was thrilled to be invited to write the introduction for the fifth edition of Who’s Who,” said Sorrell, who has been previously recognized in the “Most Influential” section. “I have been an admirer of the many talented people in this city for a long time and am encouraged about recognizing African American contributions.”

Started two years ago as an added feature is the issuing of three awards – Eddie Bernice Johnson Trailblazer Award, in honor of the long serving congresswoman; Comer Cottrell Entrepreneur Award, in honor of the late hair care manufacturing entrepreneur and philanthropist; and the Community Impact Award.

“We strongly believe the recipients of these honors are truly noteworthy and game changers,” said the book’s associate publisher, Ken Carter, president and CEO of Focus Communications.

The reception is open to the public and books can be purchased with tickets. To register, visit Preorder of the publication is also available at 313-963-8100 or


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