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CITIZENS REMEMBER BLACK’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO CITY OF DALLAS

CITIZENS REMEMBER BLACK’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO CITY OF DALLAS

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

The Pythian Temple is highlighted as a Historical Landmark for the Blues. At the corner of Elm Street and Good-Latimer Expressway stands the reminder of Dallas’ yesterdays. This historical landmark, The Pythian Temple was designed by Dallas’ Black architect, William Sidney Pittman, and served as a business and social center for the black community during the 1920’s and 30’s. The Dallas Chapter of N’COBRA along with the Act of Change Inc., presents a musical review “Return to the Pythian: The Early Days of Dallas”, Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Latino Cultural Center located at 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX 75204. Community members are invited to socialize and participate in a pre-show discussion of the history of Blacks in Dallas from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. In remembrance of the Pythian as Dallas’ hot blues scene, local Dallas artists: Hafsa, Oshunfemi, and Purlie Gates offer the sounds of such greats as: Bessie Smith, Victoria Spivey, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Oak Cliff “T-Bone” Walker, and Huddie “Leadbelly” Williams from 8:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Special Guest appearance by Rev. Charles Stovall of the Methodist faith, as the great Fats Waller. Jazz musicians, Rodney “The Eufalian” Thompson, Joseph Goeff, and Frank Mocha provide the night’s music while local actor, Keith Douglas, is the MC. Tickets are $15, call 214-723-6030 for reservations. Dallas Ticket Locations:• Pan-African Connection – 612 E Jefferson -Phone: 214.943.8262• F & W Auto – 102 S. Beckley – Phone: 214.607.6445• The Act of Change, Inc. – 3200 S Lancaster, Suite 623 – Phone: 214.372.3500Raising the claim for reparations for African descendants throughout the United States, NCOBRA is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to the economic, cultural, intellectual, political, social, and spiritual empowerment of black people. The Pythian Temple was located along the Central Track, . According to local performance artist Hafsa, , who works with youth throughout the metroplex, “It is important for the people of the community to know, understand, and recognize the contributions Blacks have made toward the Dallas we live in today. The youth and all the people should know about the prosperous times of Blacks in Dallas so they may be encouraged to follow in the footsteps of their forefathers and ‘do for themselves’, and not depend on others.” N’COBRA is governed by local membership through its Board of Directors and Board of Elders. For more information about the organization, please visit www.ncobra.org.

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