Impressive Dallas Lecture Series Continues During Women's History Month

This is the third week of Women's History Month. Conferences, workshops and discussions are continuing across the city and nation. Here are a couple taking place in Dallas:At 2 p.m. Saturday, the African American Museum at Fair Park has featured lectures from some impressive women during a free series highlighting the history of black women. Tia Locke-Simmons will give the Estella Doty Young Leaders Lecture in the museum's AT&T auditorium. Locke-Simmons is executive principal at Duncanville High School. A graduate of Dallas public schools, she is the school's first black female executive principal and has a history of blazing trails. Her talk is part of the Estella Doty Young Leaders Lecture program featuring emerging female leaders.On March 4, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd spoke about women's empowerment and pursuing dreams. She is national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and former president of Alabama State University. Her talk was part of the Thelma Daniels Distinguished Lecture program promoting the humanities and women's social issues. Daniels was a Bishop College educator who guided students toward doctorates in humanities.Dr. Kimberly Hill spoke March 11 about historic black female entrepreneurs, including the Dallas woman whose name graces the series' Mabel White Women's History Month Lecture. Hill is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas.On April 22, the series will present the Lassiter Distinguished Lecture in Women's Health Care at 2 p.m. in the museum auditorium. The lecture is named for Bessie Lassiter, a registered nurse and the late wife of Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., an executive in education.To learn more about the series, visit and hit the events tab.At 7 p.m. Saturday, black females who have had negative encounters with law enforcement — some fatally — will be remembered during a free event at Pan-African Connection Bookstore, Art Gallery and Resource Center, 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. Speaker, author, activist and journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga of Los Angeles will give a talk called "Say Her Name" that will recall various police-citizen conflicts. She has written and broadcast for about a dozen publications and radio stations including the Los Angeles Sentinel, Final Call and Ebony.ABOUT TOWN: A Dallas police officer and a community organizer recently were highlighted as an example of how law enforcement and the community can work together to enhance community relations. The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Dallas and Vicinity earlier this month presented Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Joshua Shipp and community service advocate Matthew Houston the alliance's first Connecting Community Award. The award — for a first-responder and resident — was given during the group's 52nd annual Human Relations Banquet.Dr. Susan Williams McElroy received the 2017 President's Award from the president of the alliance, Dr. Stephen Nash Sr. The award recognizes McElroy's service advising the 300-member interfaith group on economic matters.More than 25 employers and community service providers will participate in the 12th annual Career & Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. Job seekers should dress professionally and bring résumés.DeDe McGuire, morning host for KKDA-FM (104.5), will represent the station as a fair host. Other sponsors include the city of Dallas and the nonprofit, faith-based Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative, which operates at Potter's House church.  Continue reading...

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