Men from the Fort Worth Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. knelt in front of the organization’s Southside house to change the narrative about black males. Each person held a sign representing his profession - ranging from doctor, banker, teacher to business owner, engineer and husband. Some young males even held signs, recognizing them as sons. Above all, members said they want to be seen as human beings deserving of the same respect and decency shown to others.
Fort Worth’s own Channing Godfrey Peoples has written and directed a movie that has gained nationwide attention and recognition. Miss Juneteenth, released on June 19, 2020, tells the story of a former beauty pageant winner who tries to get her reluctant daughter to follow in her footsteps. As a young, hardworking mother she values the opportunity the crown can bring - college scholarships, social graces and a ticket out of tough times.
Fort Worth residents painted “End Racism Now” on Main Street in downtown, immediately north of the Convention Center. The event, coordinated by Deborah Peoples, was held June 27, 2020 and allowed citizens to sign their names as a commitment to do their part in the fight against systemic racism in America. Artists Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby created the design.
The North Texas Commission, a unique public-private partnership that drives large, impactful projects and advocates for regional issues, has hired Tiesa Leggett as Vice President of Advocacy. In this role, Leggett will help lead the legislative initiatives.
After gathering over one million signatures supporting her online petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday, 93-year-old Fort Worth resident Opal Lee will be awarded the Elaine Brown Community Advocacy Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Dallas Metropolitan Chapter (NC100BW-Dallas).
Fort Worth Black News gets a new original comic strip, Science Boyz, created and scripted by local youth artist Jiles Clark. Jiles is the son of Jill Darden, FWBN Publisher.