2021 Dallas College Civil Rights Speaker Series

Presenta​tion 1
“A Witness to the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama (1963)”

A conversation with Dale H. Long, Bombing Witness and moderated by Mark Green (History, Mountain View Campus). Dr. Malcolm Frierson (History, North Lake Campus) will provide opening remarks by Dr. Malcolm Frierson (History Professor, North Lake Campus, and author of the new release Freedom in Laughter: Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, and the Civil Rights Movement). Dr. Fierson's opening remarks will examine the national theme for 2021 Black History Month, selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

Description: Our students and Dallas College community will be moved with compassion and motivated to serve after they hear this compelling testimony of what it was like growing up in "Bombingham," Alabama during the civil rights movement and witnessing the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing that killed four young African American girls. As part of our Dallas College Civil Rights Speaker Series, participants will have an opportunity to engage with Dale H. Long. The historic church will be one of our visits during the Dallas College Civil Rights Field Trip in September, 2021 when participants will learn more about the civil rights movement and the resilience demonstrated by civil rights activists. In addition to an in-depth look into the history of the 16th Street Baptist Church and its prominent place during the civil rights movement and today, participants will also have an opportunity to complete a survey, answer questions and share their thoughts about the topics discussed.

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Presentation 2
“Family, Food and Freedom: African Diasporic Family Ties Via Emancipatory Foodways”

A presentation by Dr. Roy Vu (History, North Lake Campus)

Description: This event focuses on the struggles for food security, justice and sovereignty in African American communities, from the civil rights movement to the present. As part of our Dallas College Civil Rights Speaker Series, participants will learn more about African diasporic foodways and how African Americans preserve and expand their food heritage, from Africa to the United States — throughout slavery, Jim Crow laws and the civil rights movement. We will also discuss how African American home cooks and restaurateurs fed, served and protected civil rights activists. Participants will learn more about African American emancipatory foodways — food sovereignty, culinary citizenship and homeland duality — and how such foodways help African American families combat food insecurity, protect and expand their food heritage and advocate for food justice today. Participants will also have an opportunity to complete a survey, answer questions and share their thoughts about the topics discussed.

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Presentation 3
“The Stories Behind the Headlines: The Fight for Social Justice in Education During the Civil Rights Movement”

A presentation by Rachelle Powell (Sociology, North Lake Campus) and Dr. Rolanda Randle (Government, Richland Campus)

Description: We will be looking at some known and unknown stories like Ruby Bridges, The Little Rock Nine, Adkin High School in Kinston, North Carolina, Prince Edward County Schools in 1959, etc. As part of our Dallas College Civil Rights Speaker Series, participants will learn more about the social justice struggles in education, as desegregation was slow to take place in public schools, colleges and universities, even after Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, in 1954. The fight for social justice in education continues today. Participants will learn more about the civil rights movement and the resilience demonstrated by civil rights activists to promote social justice in education then and now. Participants will have an in-depth look into the history of the fight to desegregate public schools, colleges and universities. Participants will also have an opportunity to complete a survey, answer questions and share their thoughts about the topics discussed.

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Presentation 4
“Intersectionality, Black Women and the Family”

A presentation by Dr. Sherry Boyd (Humanities, North Lake Campus) and Rebecca Escoto (Psychology, North Lake Campus)

Description: This presentation focuses on how Black women define their role in the family while encountering the intersectionality of race and gender discrimination. As part of our Dallas College Civil Rights Speaker Series, participants will learn more about the significant contributions of Black women in the family while confronting racial and gender biases, from the civil rights era to the present. Participants will learn more about how Black women have claimed agency to confront and challenge ongoing race and gender discrimination perpetuated by society, as they seek successful ways to raise and protect their families. Participants will also have an opportunity to complete a survey, answer questions and share their thoughts about the topics discussed.

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Presentation 5

“Women​'s History Panel: ​Women Leaders of Dallas College”​

Hosted and closing remarks by Dr. LaJuanda Bonham-Jones (Interim Dean of Liberal Arts, North Lake Campus)

Description: A roundtable panel of women leaders of Dallas College will discuss topics of leadership, including leadership opportunities, for women in Dallas College:

  • Dr. Beth Nikopoulos (Host), Dallas College, Director of Student Life, North Lake Campus
  • Chief Lauretta F. Hill (Panelist), Dallas College, Chief of Police
  • Dean Shani H. Suber (Panelist), Dallas College, Dean of Effectiveness & Enhancement, Office of E-learning
  • Dr. April Braden (Panelist), Dallas College, Professor of History, North Lake Campus
  • Minister Crystal Bates (Panelist), Community Organizer and Activist, Cbates Ministry

The panel will be hosted by Dr. LaJuanda Bonham-Jones. In addition, the panel closes out our Dallas College Civil Rights Speaker Series, and Dr. Bonham-Jones will provide closing remarks on the series. As part of our Dallas College Civil Rights Speaker Series, participants will learn more about our leading women and the obstacles and challenges they experience in higher education. Panelists will discuss how they overcome gender discrimination and break the glass ceiling. The struggle for more women in leadership positions in higher education continues today. Participants will learn more about women leaders in Dallas College and how they push for more opportunities for women to partake leadership roles. Participants will also have an opportunity to complete a survey and answer questions and share their thoughts about the topics discussed.​​

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