An Evening With!
Join the Dallas Historical Society for the An Evening With! series. Explore Dallas and Texas history with authors and experts who will speak on a range of fascinating subjects supported by an exhibition of related items from the DHS collection.
June 19, 2019 | 6:30pm
A History and Celebration of Juneteenth
with Donald Payton and The South Dallas Concert Choir
Donald Payton is president of the African American Genealogy Interest Group, which is a branch of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Mr. Payton has spent more than 35 years tracing family histories and doing historical workshops across America. He is a former Dallas County Historical Commissioner who served on a special state committee to make June 19th an official Texas state holiday. In addition, he has presented numerous Juneteenth workshops and programs in various states. Mr. Payton has also been featured in national media news events and interviews.
Mr. Payton’s presentation will be followed by selections from The South Dallas Concert Choir. The South Dallas Concert Choir performs a diverse repertoire of classical music, show tunes, contemporary gospel, and Negro Spirituals
Previous 2019 An Evening With! lectures
Basketball Hall of Famer, two-time Olympian, first ever female BIG3 head coach, second female NBA assisting coach, philanthropic leader and proud mom – Nancy Lieberman has been defying the odds since she was a young girl playing basketball in Harlem. Now in her career as an international motivational speaker, you won’t forget the experience listening to “Lady Magic,” a pioneer for women’s sports.
Her History of Sharing:
- Hall of Famer and Two-Time Olympian
- First Female Head Coach to and win a Championship Title in a Men’s Professional League (2018 – BIG3 League)
- Former Assistant Coach with the Sacramento Kings
- Second woman in history to coach in the NBA
- Founded Nancy Lieberman Charities in 2009
- Recognized as one of the top 40 female athletes of the last 40 years by both ESPN and Sports Illustrated.
- Served as an analyst for ESPN/ABC for the NBA, WNBA and NCAA Women’s Basketball.
- Silver Medalist at the 1976 Montreal Games, becoming the youngest basketball player to medal at the Olympics.
- First two-time national player of the year in women’s college basketball.
- Recognized as a prolific motivational speaker for Fortune 500 companies
Architect + Community Leader + Photographer
Leonard Volk is a third-generation Dallasite. He attended Texas Country Day School in Dallas (now St. Mark’s), graduated from Andover in 1945, and from Yale in 1949. He traveled in Europe for 14 months in 1949-50. From 1952 to 1955 Volk served in the U.S. Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps, stationed in Germany for two years. Returning to the U.S., he studied Architecture at MIT, and received his degree in 1959. He practiced architecture in Dallas from 1959 to 1989, much of the time as a principal of Selzer Associates, Architects. His design projects included low and high-rise apartments, attached houses, medical clinics and offices, office buildings, subdivision plans, a hangar and industrial building for Texas Instruments, commercial remodeling at Highland Park Village in Dallas and Ridglea Village in Fort Worth, staff housing at McDonald Observatory for the University of Texas, and public-housing modernization in West Dallas. He pursued a volunteer career in Dallas from 1959 to 1995, working on such activities as Goals for Dallas, organizing a Community Design Center for neighborhood improvement, and leading the Dallas AIA’s Affordable Housing Committee.
Items from the Dallas Historical Society’s Volk Collection are currently on display outside the Margaret & Al Hill Lecture Hall, inside the Hall of State.
Pedro Perez II and Alegre Ballet Folklórico
Pedro Perez II, Alegre Ballet Folklorico founder and director, has been in Folklorico for 30 years. Born and raised in Oak Cliff, Texas, Pedro has always had a love for the artistry and beauty of Mexican and Latino Culture.
At an early age, Pedro was given the option to “give folklorico a chance” at Winnetka Elementary School to see if he liked it. He enjoyed it, but never expected it to take the turn that it took. In May 1988, Pedro’s parents found Manuel and Guadalupe “Wally” Godinez and the Ballet Folklorico Hispano de Dallas; quickly, Pedro was enrolled. It was with Hispano de Dallas and the hard work and effort of the Godinez Family that changed and shaped the admiration, love and dedication that Pedro has for Folklorico today! It was here that rhythm and technique was taught and blossomed. With Ballet Folklorico Hispano de Dallas, Pedro performed across the state in the most prestigious venues. In 1992, Ballet Folklorico Hispano de Dallas was given the honor of dancing for Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Also in 1992, Pedro was asked to teach his fellow students at the Government and Law Magnet High School. In May of 1992 and May of 1993, he put the Law Magnet Cinco de Mayo dance program together for his school. In September 1993 Manuel and Wally decided to take a break from Folklorico. Pedro tried other local groups out, as well as flamenco, but his friends and classmates suggested he start a group outside the school. This began Alegre Ballet Folklorico.
Along with dance and choreography, Pedro has taken on the task of designing and making several of Alegre’s costumes. Pedro has been recognized for his work and collection of regional outfits and has begun to exhibit and discuss them. Outside of Alegre he has worked with TeCo Theatrical Productions as a costume designer, stage manager, and actor.
Pedro has taught in schools and recreation centers throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth area. He has been asked to judge several competitions and even given workshops in and out of Dallas. Although he never expected it to go this far, Pedro looks forward to knowing Alegre Ballet Folklorico will succeed with him and after him.
This performance kicked-off the exhibit:
A Shared Border
(May – November 2019)
The diverse cultural landscape of the Texas and Mexico borderland has caused different cultures to blend and innovate. From food and music to festivals and finance, the shared cultures of Texas and Mexico have helped shape the day-to-day lives of our two countries and the world.
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