St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in East Dallas is starting up its speaker series on anti-racism, diversity and inclusion this month, and a group from our neighborhood is up first.
The talks, along with a mural painted by local artist Nick Anderson, were funded in part by a grant from Whitworth University, a Christian institution in Spokane, Washington.
“We are so excited to present this speaker series to shine the light on local artists and community leaders who are working daily to fight racism and bring unity to the beautiful parts of the Dallas community,” the Rev. Rob Leischner, the pastor of St. Andrew’s, said in a press release.
Anderson’s mural, “Love One Another,” was unveiled in November. It is painted on the exterior wall of the church along Skillman Street, just north of Monticello Avenue.
Kicking off the speaker series on Jan. 16 are the leaders of the Lake Highlands Area Moms Against Racism. They will discuss their work and also display their “Say Their Names” memorial on the church lawn facing Skillman.
Then on Jan. 23, David Bell, the past president and lifetime director of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will talk about the Holocaust and the roles rabbis and Jewish leaders played in the civil rights movement in the United States.
Local artist and architect Daniel Gunn is scheduled to speak Feb. 6 about the mural he did on the steps of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “Giant Steps — Celebrating Extraordinary Achievements of African-American Leaders in STEM” was installed on the museum’s outdoor staircase facing Field Street. It portrays George Washington Carver, Shirley Ann Jackson, Dr. Charles Drew, Katherine Johnson, Mae C. Jemison, Otis Boykin, Mary Winston Jackson, Norma Merrick Sklarek and Paul Revere Williams.
Iris Wesley, the Lincoln High School dance instructor, finishes the series Feb. 20. She will talk about creating a video featuring Dallas ISD dance students filmed at Fair Park to the music of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
All talks begin at 5 p.m. at the church, located at 3204 Skillman St.