"There must be an accurate recounting of history, both local and national."

(TRHT Guiding Principle)

The goal of this report is threefold. The first goal is to value the narratives of the often unspoken and unwritten origin stories of The City of Dallas and Dallas County. These historical narratives are as important as any data, and should be acknowledged when doing work in communities of color and creating policy.

The second goal is to share the beginning of a larger and more expansive Community Racial History (as stated in the W.K. Kellogg TRHT Implementation Guidebook), which is a historical analysis of the attitudes, policies and practices of place and race.

The third goal is to share the results of our Community Visioning Sessions, which were opportunities for Dallas TRHT to listen to the community, and for us to be led by the communities' shared vision of a Dallas without racism.

  The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee

  The Accommodation by Jim Schutze

  White Metropolis by Dr. Michael Phillips

Guides & Toolkits

de Beaumont Foundation - Healing Through Policy
Launched in October 2021, Healing Through Policy: Creating Pathways to Racial Justice is an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity.

Case Study Report – Building The We
Healing-Informed Governing For Racial Equity In Salinas

Racial Equity Toolkit
The Racial Equity Toolkit lays out a process and a set of questions to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, initiatives, programs, and budget issues to address the impacts on racial equity. Read more here.

Racial Equity Resource Guide
This Racial Equity Resource Guide is designed to cater to you. Learn how you can create a fully personalized or customized set of resources that fit you or your organization’s needs.

Webinar – Challenging Racism Systemically in the South
Power Point slides from the July 23, 2013 webinar hosted by Dallas Faces Race and presented by Race Forward (formerly the Applied Resource Center). Webinar content overview: Understanding Racism Systematically, Challenging Racism Systematically, Developing Solutions Systematically and Key Resources and Links.

Race Forward Racial Equity Impact Assessment and Guide
A Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. REIAs are used to minimize unanticipated adverse consequences in a variety of contexts, including the analysis of proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans and budgetary decisions. The REIA can be a vital tool for preventing institutional racism and for identifying new options to remedy long-standing inequities. Five examples of REIA uses are also included. The REIA and Guide were developed in 2009 by Terry Keleher of Race Forward.

Places to Visit

Freedman’s Cemetery
Established as a burial ground for Dallas’ early African-American population in 1861. This is one of the largest Freedman Cemeteries in the country. The beautiful memorial was built in late 1990 to commemorate this important site.

Pike Park
Originally named Summit Play Park, it was constructed in 1915 located in Little Mexico

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza
Chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history

African American Museum
Institution dedicated to the research, identification, selection, acquisition, presentation and preservation of visual art forms and historical documents that relate to the African American Community

Juanita Craft Civil Rights House
National Parks Service – Historical Places of the Civil Rights Movement official site

The Dallas Holocaust Museum / Center for Education and Tolerance
Dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference, for the benefit of all humanity.

Various History Films:
Watch the playlist on Dallas TRHT's YouTube Channel.

Staring Over in America - KERA
Sharing the Power: A KERA Voter's Voice Special - KERA
Pride And Anger: A Mexican American Perspective of Dallas and Fort Worth - KERA
"Goals for Dallas" (Propaganda) Video
Poverty, Politics and Profit - Frontline (PBS) Documentary on Dallas Housing
Big D Back When - KERA
Little Mexico: El Barrio (1997) - KERA
Dallas at the Crossroads, Part 1
Dallas at the Crossroads, Part 2
Dallas at the Crossroads, Part 3
CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN DALLAS Presented by Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney
Sharing the Power: A KERA Voter's Voice Special (2008)
KERA'S News Addition: 2/22/1991 - John Wiley Price sentencing and race relations story
John Wiley Price reflects on racism he experienced as a youngster
Watch Sam Tasby Talk About Desegregation in Dallas ISD (2003) - KERA
JFK assassination an indelible part of Dallas' history
Remembering MLK's 1963 Dallas visit
W. A. Criswell on Martin Luther King and Vietnam
Tour of Joppa
One woman's journey into her family's slave past
Big Spring and the history of Dallas
Dallas History and the Caruths
Historical Caruth Homeplace, Dallas, Texas
Dallas' Little Mexico - Texas Historical Commission
Dallas Rewind - How Dallas became a town. - City of Dallas
Dallas History: A Different Perspective
Protesters Angered By Deadly Dallas Officer Shooting Interrupt Council Meeting
Opportunity Dallas Comprehensive Housing Policy Recommendations
Dallas Cowboys widow opens up on racism in Southlake
School district to take action on racist student video
Southlake leaders discuss changes regarding race and cultural diversity after racist video
Racist photo roils Flower Mound Marcus High School
Expelled OU student apologizes for racist video
Dallas students speak about Texas A&M racial slurs
Racist signs placed outside Dallas ISD elementary school
Students try to block TEA from entering Dallas charter school
Forced Bussing on the First Day of School in Dallas 1971
Teen in McKinney PD video speaks out
Residents Recall Race-Based Roots Of Hamilton Park
Heritage Or Hate? Debate Over Confederate Statues Heats Up In Dallas
Police Misconduct Cases Costing Dallas Taxpayers Millions
WFAA Story on Discrimination at a Bar in Old Town Dallas
Call To Action: The SNCC Experience in Dallas (Panel at 6h Floor Museum/Ernest McMillan)
Dallas History of African Americans Elected in Office 1965-1985
His Story Her Story: The Dallas Black Pride Movement
William Sidney Pittman: A Performance Documentary (Big Thought/Thriving Minds)
Speech on the life of Dallas civil rights leader Adelfa Callejo
Adelfa Callejo- A Leader in the Hispanic Community
Civil Rights Champion Adelfa Botello Callejo Has Died
Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings apology to family of Santos Rodriguez
"Conversation about Race" - (City of Dallas/Mayor)
Brief History of Mansfield
Class and the White Citizens' Council
Dallas 101: Hamilton Park Neighborhood History with Misty Maberry