The education forum will focus on education in the black community

The Dallas Examiner

A State of Education in the Black Community forum, hosted by Raise Your Hand Texas and The Dallas Examiner, is a panel discussion that will focus on the critical challenges and concerns surrounding the education of students of color in today’s climate. It will also highlight the empowerment work of local Black school leaders.

The two organizations partnered to host the event on March 25 in hopes of empowering the African-American community to support schools, students, and leaders of color.

“The State of Education in the Black Community provides a mechanism for education leaders and decision makers to connect directly with community members and stakeholders to spur education advocacy in schools that serve predominantly Black students and communities said event organizer Kaylan Dixon Smith, Deputy Councilman and Dallas County Manager for Raise Your Hand Texas.

Also known as RAISE, Raise Your Hand Texas is a non-partisan, non-profit education policy and advocacy organization focused on supporting local schools and students.

The forum will be moderated by local high school students. The panel will include education leaders and elected officials who are knowledgeable about the education system and the Black community and are doing their part to make a positive impact toward a brighter future.

The speaker will be Aicha Davis, State Board of Education representative for District 13; Ty G. Jones, Lancaster ISD Board Representative for District 5; Mar Butler, founder and CEO of TREE Leadership, a group aimed at reducing negative behaviors associated with low socioeconomic status; Shareefah Mason, associate dean of Educator Certification; and Eric Hale, a first grade teacher at ISD Dallas and Texas Teacher of the Year in 2021.

They will address black student education, school funding, black history and curriculum, black teachers in the classroom, student achievement tests, the unique challenges of black students in underserved neighborhoods, improving the education system, etc.

“This is an opportunity for educational organizations, local leaders and community members to come out and work with educational organizations and elected officials on behalf of our children,” said Robyn H. Jimenez, vice president of manufacturing and publishing at The Dallas Examiner. “We all know that our children are our future. I believe we can work together to make a positive impact on their lives, their education and their future.”

The event is supported by sponsorship from the National Panhellenic Council of Dallas, Ervay Theater and the Dallas Examiner Vision Team.

The forum is open to the public and all attendees will be provided with snacks for lunch. It will be held from noon to 2pm at the Ervay Theatre, located at 1707 S. Ervay St. This in-person event will also be live streamed on Facebook at and :/ / For more information, please email [email protected].

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