As Juneteenth approaches, I think about how I learned nothing of it as a child growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana. It wasn’t until I moved to Texas to attend the University of Texas at Arlington that I was introduced to the significance of the day that for many African Americans represents freedom. Though that’s not exactly true in Texas.
… Current conditions for African Americans in this country are hard reminders of the frustration, hurt, and pain that we still feel, and the holiday underscores for me that even in 2020 — in spite of the advances that have taken place — there are still enormous gaps and inequalities. We still have so much work to do. That’s why I’m proud to tell you about Power in Action: Mobilizing to Advance Black Communities, an intergenerational new organization created to address issues around education, economic development, criminal justice, health care/mental health and more.
… I must acknowledge here that there are many groups already doing great work. I think of Faith in Texas; Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation; Lone Star Justice Alliance; Big Thought; and Young Leaders Strong City. Our intent with Power in Action is not to minimize that work or suggest that we have the sole answer. It is merely another approach to a multifaceted solution that requires a variety of experiences and perspectives.
… I am honored that what started as a call to action is gaining traction due to the involvement of some amazing community partners who desire to move the needle on changing the landscape for African Americans. We recognize the sense of urgency that exists, and we cannot wait years to get freedom from the barriers and racism that plague our community. The time is now.
Excerpted from Dallas Morning News. Read the full article here.