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The Black History Month Series
First Concession, Last Concession?
As we approach the shortest month of the year and the one reserved to celebrate Black History Month, the time for reflection is again at hand. Rather than center on personalities and prominence, we can delve into the philosophies and wisdom that “got us over!”
If “how we got over” missed you, you must’ve missed church, so let us start there.
The Black Church was hewn from the Black pulpit. Liberation theology was our only hope. The Reverend Dr. Freddy Haynes continually reminds us that America is full of churches with Black folk, which do not represent the “Black Church” tradition.
The “Black Church,” which was Black by law and Black by necessity, used scripture to liberate rather than incarcerate. The Black Church did not always have walls and floors. No ceilings, just skies!
The early Black Church met in brush harbors, barren cotton fields, and “Down by the riverside!” The mission of the Black church was to repeal and replace the God of White slave-owners. The Black church moved us from coerced obedience to conscientious objection.
Preachers John Marrant, Peter Durrett, Richard Allen, Jarena Lee, and others were tasked with leading slaves from silence and submission to rightful defiance and self-actualization.
Black preachers would not grant their consent to the evils of chattel slavery. “Thirty pieces of silver” goes a long way today, but not in the Black Church.
The Black preacher was forced to stand tall and resist the Christian capitalists who professed “Liberty and justice for all” while consigning a 3/5 share of that modest liberty to men and women of the darker hue.
When Charles Pinckney offered the “Three-Fifths Compromise,” he faced no measure of challenge from the “White Church or its avowed clergymen.” Black preachers faced terrorism and personal ruin alone.
Richard Allen and Absalom Jones pastored in Philadelphia, where the Constitutional Convention was being held. Allen and Jones had a moral obligation to fight Pinckney. Even when social and moral compromises are in order, concessions must be strategic and just. Three-fifths was a costly concession.
Dallas’ “Archbishop Emeritus” Dr. Zan Holmes often made this point about costly concessions using one of “Aesop Fables.”
“The Trees and the Axe” has been repackaged by several philosophers. However, George Tyler Townsend’s sounds closest to the Reverend Holmes’s recitation.
“A man came into a forest and asked the Trees to provide him a handle for his axe. The Trees consented to his request and gave him a young ash-tree. No sooner had the man fitted a new handle to his axe from it than he began to use it and quickly felled with his strokes the noblest giants of the forest.
An old oak, lamenting when too late the destruction of his companions, said to a neighboring cedar, “The first step has lost us all. If we had not given up the rights of the ash, we might yet have retained our own privileges and have stood for ages.”
My father was not a preacher, but he had a similar word of caution. Daddy used to say, “Give a White man an inch, and he’ll take a mile. Give him a rope, and he wanna be a cowboy!”
And whether you are stuck with the image of the ax handle or the cowboy’s lasso, the effect leads us back to Zan’s sermonic title, “Our first concession, became our last concession!”
Unveiling “Hidden Figures” is always apropos; however, we also need to survey our trees. We must admit that we provided some of the axes that destroyed our forest. Concessions have consequences!
Have we conceded our children and the Black Church? Have we conceded our futures to America’s body politic? Did we consent to the inch of convenience that turned into a mile of misery?
No answers this Black History Month, just questions! You need to study for yourself. Ignorance is the worst concession!
EDITOR’S NOTE: Both of the above mentioned Faith Leaders, Drs. Zan Wesley Holmes and Frederick Douglass Haynes III make no concessions to their faith and community commitment. There are two schools in the Dallas Independent School District named for each of them.
The Scholarship & Educational Support Committee of Dallas Alumnae Chapter recently announced the scholarship recipients for 2020 and the upcoming 2021 scholarships to be awarded to high school graduating seniors in Dallas County.
 Spring 2020 Scholarships were awarded in the amount of $22,500.  Two $10,000 Frederica Chase Dodd Scholarships were awarded to Kenadi Houston, a freshman at the University of Texas in Austin and Treasure Okey-Ilo, a freshman at Texas A & M University – Commerce.
Yasziara Anderson was the recipient of the Joy Scott Woodfork Community Service Scholarship in the amount of $1000.  She is currently a freshman at Dillard University.
Additionally, in 2020 they awarded three $500 book scholarships to the following recipients: Journi Crow, who is a freshman at The University of North Texas; Rahmo Bare, a freshman at Texas Woman’s University; and Kasey Johnson, a freshman at Prairie View A &M University.
Scholarship applications for 2022 are currently being accepted and more information may be found at www.dallasalumnae.org or contact the counselor at your high school.
Chapter President Dr. Andrea L. Hilburn said, “We will be awarding even more scholarships! Don’t miss the March 4, 2021 deadline to apply.”
National Freedom Day, always observed on February 1st, celebrates freedom from slavery. It also recognizes that America is a symbol of liberty. The day honors the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865.
ALSO, On February 1st, National Texas Day recognizes the Lone Star State along with its fierce record of independent people and history.
City of Dallas to receive 4,875 doses of the
Pfizer vaccine next week
The City of Dallas will receive 4,875 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Texas next week.
Like the 5,000 Moderna vaccine doses that the City of Dallas received this week, the Pfizer vaccines will be distributed to the public at the Kay Bailey Hutchison C
WE KNOW YOU have questions about COVID-19 AND YOU SHOULD!
Texas Metro News will get the answers!
Join us on February 3, 2021 at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET for a webinar where Dr. Leana Wen of George Washington University and Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post will analyze Biden’s COVID-19 strategy in the first 100 days – and the huge obstacles ahead. Dr. Wen and Goldstein will also examine the administration’s plans to address the economic devastation wrought by the pandemic, providing fresh story ideas on how these developments might impact life on the ground for local audiences across the country.
For more information, and to register, click here.
Jirah Mickle was tested at MCI Diagnostics!
Revitalize South Dallas Coalition
February 4-6, 2021
Living With Low Vision Virtual Workshop
Thursday, February 4, 2021; 11:30am – 12:30pm; via Zoom. Dr. Stephanie Fleming, D.O, will discuss the causes and remedies for low-vision, a condition that is not corrected by glasses or contacts like cataracts. Topics: What is low vision; Why this is evaluation is different from a regular eye exam; Strategies and devices to overcome it. Sponsor: Zan Holmes Community Outreach Center. Register: www.zwhjcoc.org; Click on “Classes”; Click “Low Vision.” Contact: jasmine.andersonZ@zwhjcoc.org.
“Plan Your Way Home” Virtual Homebuying Seminar
Saturday, February 6th; 10am – 11:30am. Southern Dallas Progress CDC co-sponsors this session presented by Hancock Whitney Bank. Topics: The Stages of Home Ownership; Down Payment Assistance; Financial Education. A homebuilder w/homes under $200,000 will be on hand. RSVP: Ms Babers; 318-951-4376; lacarsha.babers@hancockwhitney.com.
The City and DISD are exploring ways to improve internet service. The survey and speed test will gather data about internet availability and speed of service, which will identify areas of service improvement. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete, and South and Southern Dallas residents are especially encouraged to participate. Survey: https://www.dallas.speedsurvey.org/
UT Southwestern COVID Prevalence Study
Ongoing. The study seeks understand how and where COVID-19 is spreading, what populations are most impacted, and where to provide additional informational and health resources. To ensure diversity, additional Black participants are needed from South and Southeast Dallas. Study testing is daily at 13 locations within the county. Contact: Ms. Isreal. Website: https://utswmed.org/covidstudy/study-testing-locations/
Celebrating Birthdays
Monday, Feb. 1
Segment 1: David W. Henderson, Ellwanger Law (11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.) – Discuss President Biden’s Executive order on Racial Equity as well as a conversation on Where We Go From Here with the pursuit of racial justice in America in 2021
Segment 2:  Shanneca Weatherall, Organizer of Giant Wall Street Pop Up Shops (12:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)  – TBC
Need to confirm additional vendors/entrepreneurs to participate
Segment 3: Madelyn Modeste, Children’s book author –

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