With the support of Trustee Joyce Foreman and in collaboration with the Dallas Examiner and Mollie Belt, students from four Dallas ISD schools were inspired by the newly released documentary “Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement” at IBOC Church, which is led by Pastor Rickie G. Rush.
The documentary taught students from Carter, South Oak Cliff, Madison and Kimball high schools about past historical events that shaped United States history. Students also learned from local and national civil right leaders such as Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr. and other prominent leaders and pastors in the City of Dallas.
“I believe it is critical for students to learn their history and have out of the classroom experiences to enhance their learning,” Foreman said.
Some of the members of the audience and program included State of Texas Senator Royce West, Sr. Pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, and Sr. Pastor of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, Dr. Michael Bowie, Jr.
Dallas ISD College Access Provider Education is Freedom partnered to help to secure student participation in an effort to promote the importance of culturally relevant activities outside of the classroom.
In a powerful moment after the documentary screening, students along with Foreman, Trustee Lew Blackburn and Dallas ISD Executive Director Cheryl Wright took a historical photo with one of Malcolm X’s twin daughters, Malaak Shabazz.