Diane Ragsdale: A lifetime of community organizing in South Dallas

Diane Ragsdale: A lifetime of community organizing in South Dallas

The Hon. Diane Ragsdale, who will turn 70 this year, has spent her entire life in South Dallas. Her story has been shaped by the neighborhood and, likewise, she has shaped her neighborhood in significant ways. She’s still fighting some of the same issues that led her to run for Council, and as a registered nurse, she approaches the systems as she would her patients — a belief in preventative medicine that will treat the underlying causes, not just the symptoms.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - March 31, 2022

Cornerstone Baptist’s profitable nonprofit grocery store ‘creates dignity’ in South Dallas

Cornerstone Baptist’s profitable nonprofit grocery store ‘creates dignity’ in South Dallas

Southpoint is proving to be a miracle in this sparsely populated South Dallas neighborhood between Al Lipscomb and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. Access to healthy, affordable food has been among the top concerns for residents here.

Food Apartheid

Sujata Dand - February 24, 2022

Singleton United/Unidos: The new neighborhood on the block

Singleton United/Unidos: The new neighborhood on the block

Janie Cisneros credits her neighborhood-based activism to serendipity. She is the leader of Singleton United/Unidos, a newly established neighborhood association in West Dallas, fighting for clean air and the removal of the long-standing roofing shingles plant, GAF, from her residential neighborhood.

West Dallas

Shardae White - February 23, 2022

A parking lot symbolizes the State Fair of Texas’ racist history

A parking lot symbolizes the State Fair of Texas’ racist history

Historians and journalists have documented — and today’s staffers recognize — the State Fair of Texas’ racist history. In the early 1900s the fair hosted one “Colored People Day” per year. It was discontinued in 1910.  On a Wednesday in fall 1923, Ku Klux Klan Day drew some 160,000 Klansmen to the fairgrounds for the initiation of the “largest class in the history of Klandom,” according to the flier, which included an application for membership on the back.  Negro Achievement Day launched in 1936. Each year on Oct. 14, Black fairgoers were admitted inside the gates. 

South Dallas

Christina Hughes Babb - October 8, 2021

Local newsrooms, universities and nonprofits join forces to focus on affordable housing in Dallas

Local newsrooms, universities and nonprofits join forces to focus on affordable housing in Dallas

The key partners on the project say affordable housing is a topic none of them has been able to consistently address on their own — but it’s a vital, systemic issue demanding greater response.

Dallas News

Julianna Morano - September 22, 2021

The State Fair of Texas is trying to remedy past injustices to South Dallas via its urban farm

The State Fair of Texas is trying to remedy past injustices to South Dallas via its urban farm

It’s a tragic irony that the largest agriculture promoter in the state, the State Fair of Texas, is surrounded by a food desert, the neighborhood of South Dallas.

Food Apartheid

Christina Hughes Babb - September 21, 2021

Los Gallos: A gym from West Dallas where boxing teaches life lessons

Los Gallos: A gym from West Dallas where boxing teaches life lessons

The Los Gallos Boxing Club wants to teach their students that with discipline and hard work, any obstacle that life brings can be overcome.

West Dallas

Oscar Saravia - August 31, 2021

A South Dallas artist residency aims to ‘capture the now before the future’

A South Dallas artist residency aims to ‘capture the now before the future’

John Spriggins, manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center, launched the Juanita J. Craft House Artist in Residency to provide artists with studio space to create work that “capture[s] the immediacy of the moment where historical neighborhoods are rapidly changing due to socio-economic shifts."

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - August 31, 2021

Two fires char Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum in South Dallas

Two fires char Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum in South Dallas

A couple doors down from the corner of Driskell and Wendelkin streets in South Dallas is what used to be a beautiful historic landmark, the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum, now completely damaged from two intentionally set fires.

South Dallas

Diante Marigny - February 24, 2021

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