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Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall Resigns
- KERA, September 2020

Jerry Hawkins, executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, echoed that Hall's resignation shouldn't distract from the overall goals of equity and helping underserved communities.'"


Community Conversations: How to Achieve a ‘Radically Inclusive City
- NBC DFW, August 2020

The organization Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation wants to move toward a city where no divisions exist when it comes to race, arts, education and opportunity or what they call a 'radically inclusive city.'"


With new $500,000 grant, racial equity and healing group sees chance to expand mission in Dallas
- Dallas Morning News, August 2020

Now, as Dallas leaders and community advocates call for systemic change, a group pushing the city to recognize its own racist past sees an opportunity to build connections between communities and promote policies that can achieve racial equity for all residents."


CONVERSATIONS: CALL FOR CHANGE
- NBC 5, July 2020

NBC 5 is continuing conversations about racial injustice and how to achieve effective change in North Texas. The City of Dallas held a series of conversations addressing issues of racial healing, police reform, health disparities and resilience."


'Never again,' faithful say on second day of Juneteenth rallies
- Dallas Morning News, June 2020

Jerry Hawkins, executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, called Brooks’ killing 'one of the most infamous lynchings in America' and described the courthouse as 'sacred ground.'"


Dallas Begins Community Conversation Series Discussing Black Lives Matter
- NBCDFW, June 2020

The City of Dallas's Office of Equity and the Dallas Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) organization is hosting the virtual event, which discusses the topics of racial equity, justice and inequality."


City of Dallas presents Black Lives Matter, 3-part community conversation series
- Dallas Weekly, June 2020

This event will be moderated by TRHT Executive Director Jerry Hawkins, and includes four panelists: Council Member Casey Thomas, Community Advocate and Former Dallas Mavericks Player Rolando Blackman, Interim Equity Officer Dr. Lindsey Wilson, and Director of Regional Impact at Leadership for Educational Equity and the Co-Founder of Young Leaders Strong City, Amber Sims."


City of Dallas to host three-part Black Lives Matter virtual series
- WFAA, June 2020

The virtual events will discuss topics such as racial equity, justice, and resilience and will be hosted by the City of Dallas' Office of Equity and the Dallas Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation."


Dallas County Commissioners declare racism a public health crisis
- WFAA, June 2020

The declaration requires the Dallas County Commissioners Court to pursue anti-racism principles and encourage diversity within its own body."


'Clumping Everyone As Hispanic May Hide Disparities': Community Leaders Discuss Health Inequities
- KERA, June 2020

A group of North Texas community leaders working for social justice held a virtual conversation, addressing COVID-19's disproportionate impact on communities of color. One of the key takeaways was the need to track data by both race and ethnicity."


Texas A&M professor joins online panel on racial disparities in COVID-19 testing
- The Eagle, June 2020

'I really want to join this fight and cause by saying that we have to, in Texas, address the race and ethnicity data that is clear, explicit and concise, and can help us mobilize in our communities all over Texas,' said opening speaker Jerry Hawkins, executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

Hawkins expressed concern that COVID-19 testing cites are not adequately placed in areas where minority communities have easy access, citing a recent article published by NPR. He also noted that the pandemic affects minority groups, in that many frontline and essential workers are African American and Hispanic."


'Racism is a public health crisis': COVID-19 and racial disparity
- WFAA, June 2020

'George Floyd was a native Texan and his memory will lead us to a better legacy,' said Jerry Hawkins with Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

Hawkins says it goes beyond police brutality. He said there is a societal problem made clear in the last few months with COVID-19."


‘All means all,’ Richardson ISD superintendent says in announcing new racial equity committee
- Dallas Morning News, June 2020

Jerry Hawkins, executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, noted Richardson ISD’s statement Tuesday as well as the absence of similar comments from other area school districts.

In his tweet, Hawkins called out other districts for not making similar announcements while praising districts who have come out with strong anti-racism statements such as Fort Worth ISD."


Death Around the Corner: Racism, Protest, and Living in Dallas During a Pandemic
- D Magazine, May 2020

This city must reckon with its racist history in order to provide an equitable future for all of its residents."


Dallas cannot achieve equity until we face the truth
- Dallas Morning News, December 2019

There are promising steps that build on work from generations of advocacy for the truth... The Dallas Truth Racial Healing and Transformation initiative, seeded by the Kellogg Foundation and local funders, is providing much needed local history of the role our past has played in shaping our present inequities."


Reading between the lines of Dallas mayor’s tough letter on crime
- Dallas Morning News, December 2019

Jerry Hawkins, executive director with the Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, a nonprofit organization in Dallas, said he felt politics placed Hall in an “unfair” position. Hawkins said city officials have a greater responsibility in preventing crime than police officers do.

“Police respond to crime,” Hawkins said, adding that if officials want to prevent crime, then the city needs to tackle the underlying issues such as poverty, racial and economic segregation."


Dallas, we elected a new mayor. Our work is not done
- Dallas Morning News, June 2019

Jerry Hawkins, the executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (with the support of the Kellogg Foundation, Embrey Family Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas and many others) is thoughtfully inviting us into a different relationship with racial healing. His process acknowledges the complexity of the issues, is inclusive, and is already resulting in concrete action. Anyone can get involved; check out the website: dallastrht.org."


Is It Time to Change the Name of the Trinity River Back to the Arkikosa River?
- D Magazine, May 2019

The question strikes to the heart of how we understand Dallas’ history and identity. The Dallas Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation argues that Dallas is built upon two foundations: stolen land and slave labor. Until we understand how these twin ignominies helped shape Dallas, argues Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director of Dallas TRHT, we won’t be able to truly move the city to a 'vision of a Dallas without racism.'"


Regional Vignette: Communities Foundation of Texas
- ChangeAgent, January 2019

Beginning from a place of listening was important. Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) began working with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to understand its Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation model and how it might work in Dallas."


Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office co-hosts Dallas History Hackathon 
- the hub, November 2018

The Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office, Dallas Truth Racial Healing & Transformation, City of Dallas Office of Equity and Human Rights, and Dallas Public Library hosted Dallas ISD students from South Oak Cliff High School and Kimball High School for the first ever 2018 Dallas History Hackathon."


Kellogg Foundation gives $1.75 million to promote racial healing in Dallas 
- Dallas Morning News, June 2017

The Communities Foundation of Texas will use a $1.75 million grant to support racial healing in Dallas, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced Wednesday."


Here lies a Northwest Dallas graveyard you've never seen for the forgotten and formerly enslaved
- Dallas Morning News, September 2018

Thursday afternoon, in the cool shadow of tall trees, I stood with Jerry Hawkins, an educator and activist, outside that wrought-iron fence for a long time. We spent some of it in awed silence. Before then, I'd only seen a faded, second-hand photo of this plot, nestled now between apartment construction and a giant house on a public park. In person, I told Hawkins, the scene is surreal."