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African American Museum Kicks off 2019 Women’s History Month with Distinguished Lecture Series

DALLAS, TX – The African American Museum will host a lecture series during its annual Women’s History Month celebration beginning Saturday, March 2.  Each lecture will feature a dynamic woman who is making great strides in her field.  All events are free, open to the public and held at the African American Museum, Dallas, 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75215.  Lectures begin at 2 p.m.  Donations are accepted.

“The African American Museum is honored to host this series of distinguished lectures,” explains Dr. Harry Robinson, President and CEO of the Museum. “Each of our speakers is a trailblazer in her respective field and is making a difference in the communities in which she serves.”

Dr. Lauren Cross, is an artist, curator, and scholar, who holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and a PhD in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies from Texas Woman’s University.  She is currently a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Art Education Art History’s Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS) program, and the founder of the arts non-profit, WoCA Projects, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Dr. Cross will headline the Thelma Daniels Distinguished Lecture, Saturday, March 2.  Thelma Daniels was a higher-education administrator who co-founded the Dickie Foster Biennial Texas Black Women’s Conference.  She was also one of the early African American Museum organizers, and held positions at Bishop College, El Centro College and Prairie View A&M University.

Dr. Cross’ research addresses critical multicultural approaches in arts practice, arts entrepreneurship, curatorial studies, museum studies, and art history. Cross has been a frequent presenter at academic and public conferences across the country and internationally, and is the director of the award-winning documentary, The Skin Quilt Project, which was produced in 2010 and was an official selection at the 2010 International Black Women’s Film Festival in Berkeley, CA.  Cross has also been recognized for both her art practice and community work, featured in the 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival, selected as a Third Annual Visionary Award winner by Fort Worth Weekly magazine in 2013, named one of Dallas’ “100 Creatives” by the Dallas Observer in 2015, and selected as a Visiting Artist for the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2018.

Dr. Ouida Lee, Senior Pastor of the Church of the Disciple located in DeSoto, Texas is the speaker for the Mable White Lecture Series, Saturday, March 16.  The White Lecture spotlights women’s religious and/or business issues.  Mabel White was a founding Museum board member and community volunteer and church leader extraordinaire with South Dallas as her base.  Dr. Lee holds a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology.

Lee’s past leadership include:  Vice-President of Communications for the African American Pastor Coalition, President of the Black Clergy Women of the United Methodist Church, Chair of Nominations for the Board of Directors for the Methodist Children’s Home, Board Member of the Dallas Area American Red Cross, Keep DeSoto Beautiful Board Member and Chaplain for the North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  She is the published author of Simply Pray, God Wants All to Pray, for which she is nominated for a Literary Award, and Sip from the Well, a devotional.

The Estella Doty Young Leader’s Lecture provides a platform for emerging female leaders with emphasis on leadership, education and/or religion. Mrs. Doty was an educator/administrator in the Dallas Independent School District and an outstanding church leader in the community.  Dr. LaTrese Adkins Weathersby, is the speaker for the Doty Young Leader’s Lecture Series Saturday, March 30.

Adkins Weathersby is a public speaker, professor and author, who holds an M.A. in American History and a Ph.D. in Comparative History from Michigan State University.  Dr. Adkins Weathersby is the author of numerous published manuscripts such as “Ethnic diversity in religious practices: The call of community psychology for exploring the intersections of faith and race” and  “Invisible Body, The Catalytic Power of Death in Antebellum Slave Funerals of the U.S. South.” Her professional presentations include “The Hip Hop Speaks, Critiquing the Uses of Hip Hop Culture in the Socialization of Black Youth” and “Social Justice and Black Churches: An Historical Analysis.”

The Bessie Lassiter Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Health, Saturday, May 18, 2019.  This lecture is devoted to women in health and women’s healthcare issues.  Bessie Lassiter, a registered nurse, was the wife of Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., who with his two children, endowed the lecture.

For more information about the events or sponsorship opportunities, please call the Museum at 214-565-9026 or visit www.aamdallas.org.

The African American Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a Historically Black College that closed in 1988. The Museum has operated independently since 1979. The $7 million edifice was funded through private donations and a 1985 Dallas City bond election that provided $1.2 million for the construction of the new facility. The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials that relate to the African American community.  It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.


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