“Together We …” Project Aimed at Uniting Residents, Police Plans Free Sports, Games Sunday

The "Together We ..." project aimed at unite the community and law enforcement will present the next part of its yearlong effort this Sunday by staging an afternoon of sports, entertainment and informational activities."Together We ..." was launched after last year's deadly ambush in which five Dallas police officers were killed. The Rev. Richie Butler, senior pastor at downtown's historically black St. Paul United Methodist Church, said the initiative would strive to unite diverse cross-sections of the Dallas area through such activities as swapping pastors for a day of worship, staging talks to enhance racial understanding, teaching youths how to respond respectfully to law enforcement.Sunday's event will include "Together We Ball," featuring free basketball activities involving police and the community at P.C. Cobb Field House, 1702 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. near Fair Park. The afternoon will start at 2 p.m., and parking is free. Games will include an exhibition match between Bishop Dunne Catholic School and Madison High School. The final game — between pastors and police — will begin at 4 p.m.Slam dunk contests, basketball shootouts and free throw challenges are planned. Other activities will include the Mavs ManiAACs, Southern Methodist University women's basketball activities, DJ'd music, face painting, dance contests, social service booths and giveaways, including free T-shirts and goody bags to early arrivers.Coaches will include former NBA stars Spud Webb and Sam Perkins. Dallas leaders scheduled to take part include Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, Williams Fried Chicken owner Hiawatha Williams, DISD trustee Bernadette Nutall and various media and corporate personalities.Other "Together We ..." supporters include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and former President George W. Bush, who serves as honorary chair. Rawlings has said a major benefit of the initiative is that it compels people to take a personal stake in unifying the city.ABOUT TOWN: Help is on the way for those faced with two familiar and sometimes challenging tasks: writing an obituary for a family member and or friend, and finding fun and interesting games for those at a family reunion.The nonprofit Remembering Black Dallas will host The Writing Doula, a writing coach who will present ideas on these topics at the group's monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave., inside Fair Park. The Doula will explain the Final Story Obituary Planner, a downloadable guide; and Family Scribes, a multi-generational game available as an eBook or paperback guide for remembering and telling family stories at family gatherings.To learn more, visit thewritingdoula.com or call 214-803-3920. Or call 469-399-6242 or visit rbdallas.com and hit the events tab. The tab also links to a list of the nonprofit's genealogical and historical preservation tours and activities through October.Free events where school supplies and medical services will be available this week include:The Back to School Festival, presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center, 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. Students will receive medical screenings and immunizations, free hair styling and cuts, uniforms, school supplies and snacks. Vendors will provide health, education and social services information. Registration is not required, but parents must provide valid ID and students must be present to receive items. To learn more, visit dallasmlkcenter.com/backtoschool or call 214-670-8418.The Urban Health & Wellness Expo, presented by Dallas Park & Recreation, will offer similar back-to-school services, including fitness activities, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Opportunity Park, 3105 Pine St. To inquire, visit dallasparks.org or call 214-670-8028.  Continue reading...

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