Historian to Detail Heroic Acts of Freedmen’s Bureau Agents in Texas


Oskar Schindler was a German Nazi and reluctant hero who saved many Jews during the Holocaust. Researchers may argue that the heroism of some Freedmen's Bureau officials in Texas rivaled that of Schindler as the officials sought to help former enslaved Africans during Reconstruction.Historian and author Dr. Christopher Bean next week will detail heroic, against-the-odds gestures the officials took when he discusses his book Too Great a Burden to Bear: The Struggle and Failure of the Freedmen's Bureau in Texas.Bean will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Allen Public Library at 300 N. Allen Drive in Allen. Bean is assistant professor of history and Native American studies at East Central University in Ada, Okla. The event is free.His book reveals the pressures, hostilities, perils and obstacles under which bureau agents operated as they attempted to do their jobs. The agents' duties were to help supply food and necessities to help former enslaved people establish themselves as free men and women.Agents also supervised abandoned land in the South after the Civil War, tried to help establish schools for freedmen, advocated for them in legal disputes, and, for a short while, provided health care. And the officials were to keep freedmen safe from hostile whites still bitter about the outcome of the war.Bean will talk about specific people who held office, explain why many of their assignments failed, and the consequences of those failures. To learn more, call 214-509-4911. ABOUT TOWN: Three judges and lawmakers — Mary Ellen Hicks, Ken Molberg, and Rob Canas — will discuss The Law and Political Conflict of Community and Police Shootings at the Roundtable Writer's Breakfast at 10 a.m. April 8 at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, at Canton and Akard streets. The three will examine recent attention to shootings of black males across the nation. Tickets are $15 at Ticketmaster. To inquire, call 214-743-2400. — An introductory information session will be held this week for bidders who want to submit a community youth development proposal to provide services to youths in ZIP codes 75216 and 75217. The session will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Community Council, 1341 W. Mockingbird Lane, suite 1000W. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. April 29. To inquire, call 214-954-4209. — Congratulations to Teresa Coleman Wash for her recent election to the Dramatists Guild of America Council for the Southern region. Wash is executive artistic director of the Bishop Arts Theatre Center at 215 S. Tyler St. in Dallas and also a recognized playwright and producer. The New York-based guild is a professional association of playwrights and other members of theater productions and dramatic arts. Council members are eligible to vote to determine Tony winners for the Broadway season in New York. Other duties include contributing materials for The Dramatist magazine.— The Dallas-Fort Worth area Lone Star division of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is among 13 cities that will enhance its Bigs in Blue program that recruits police officers as big brothers and big sisters for local at-risk youths. The program is designed to help improve troubled relations between police and communities. The national organization is distributing more than $560,000 in grants to more than a dozen affiliate groups to enhance their Bigs in Blue programs. To learn more, visit www.bbbs.org/bigs-in-blue.  Continue reading...

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