2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Sponsored by:

African American Education Archives and History Program
The African American Museum

April 16, 2016
Nine nominees inducted and enshrined in the
African American Education Archives and History Program

Mary Smith Bradley Marilyn Gibson Calhoun
Dr. Leon King Lois Dunbar King
Patricia E. Mays Dr. Joe McCalister
Waylan D. Wallace Robbye Williams
Edward Cowens (deceased)
represented by his sons
Drs. Kevin and Kenneth Cowens

Each inductee received a medallion, plaque and certificates of commendation from the Honorable Eddie Berniece Johnson, U. S. House of Representative and Representative Yvonne Davis, Texas House of Representative. The 2016 Hall of Fame Program was dedicated in memory of Dr. Joe Louis Atkins, founding member and supporter of AAEAHP. Dr. John McCaa, WFAA News Anchor, served as Master of Ceremonies.

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Deadline for submission:
Monday, November 28, 2016

AAEAHP Launches
The Dallas County Achievers Project

In April 2013, Ms. Kathryn Mitchell presented a proposal to the African American Archives and History Program (AAEAHP) to develop a program to recognize outstanding individuals who have graduated from the Dallas Independent School District. AAEAHP approved the concept and expanded the scope to include graduates of high schools in Dallas County, Texas.

The deadline for submission is

Outstanding Young Educators. Recognizes educators (under forty years of age) who demonstrate vision, innovation, and action to improve teaching and learning for students, African American students in particular.


The deadline for submission is




Dallas Area Students Awarded Scholarships
MAY 21, 2016

Eight Dallas Area Outstanding Young Educators were awarded scholarships from the African American Education Archives and History Program (AAEAHP) during a reception held at the African American Museum, Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.

This is the second year the scholarships have been awarded. This year, the organization celebrated the naming of this scholarship in honor of its long time leader Dr. Alfred L. Roberts Sr., a retired Dallas ISD educator. The students were awarded a $1000 scholarship. They all have expressed a strong commitment to become educators. Forty high schools were invited to participate in the awards program.

Recipients of the 2016 Alfred L. Roberts Sr. Scholarship

Jonathan Smith, principal of T. W. Browne Middle School in Dallas ISD, was recognized as the Outstanding Young Educator of the Year.

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Giving Helps Us Recognize Those Who Taught Us

No other group has made as significant an impact on the lives of African Americans than African American educators. yet, there has been very little done to chronicle the contributions of this group of professionals. Thus, The African American Education Archives and History Program was initiated.


The components of the Program include the Oral History Program, the African American Education Hall of Fame, Exhibits and Media Presentations, Curriculum Development and Archives.

The primary mission of this program is to collect and maintain a repository of artifacts, documents and visual images that chronicle the African American education experience in Dallas County. Some of the accomplishments to date include collecting documents and memorabilia, inducting sixty-six(66) individuals to the Education Hall of Fame, developing the traveling exhibitions and conducting one hundred and eight(108) oral history interviews.

Why the African American Education Archives and History Program? It is important to preserve and make available this history so that contemporary society can study the lessons learned through the struggles and triumphs of African American educators, students and the community-at-large.

In order to support this ambitious and much needed program, a significant amount of financial resources is required. With corporate support limited and in some cases not forthcoming, the Program is relying on support from foundations, community organizations, churches and individuals. A fund development plan has been developed to provide giving opportunities at various levels to meet our short and long term goals and objectives.

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African American Museum of Dallas

The African American Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a Historically Black College that closed in 1988. The Museum has operated independently since 1979. The $7 million edifice was funded through private donations and a 1985 Dallas City bond election that provided $1.2 million for the construction of the new facility. The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.

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