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Dallas History Makers

Awards for Excellence Luncheon

The Dallas Historical Society is thrilled to announce the Dallas History Makers luncheon, formerly the Awards for Excellence.  The Dallas Historical Society is kicking off its second century with a new awards luncheon logo and name while continuing to honor its traditions and the Dallas History Makers of today.

Since 1981, outstanding individuals and organizations are selected for this honor from nominations solicited from the Dallas community.  The recipients are chosen for their contribution to the quality of life in Dallas in ten categories – Arts Leadership, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Health/Sciences, Humanities/History, Philanthropy, Sports Leadership, Volunteer Community Leadership or for the special Jubilee History Maker Award.






Arts Leadership – Richard McKay

Honored for creating an innovative arts organization that has resulted in hundreds of jobs for musicians and other performing artists.


Creative Arts – David Lozano

Honored for his writing, directing, and producing original bilingual plays for the Latinx community in North Texas.


Education – Dr. Remy Washington

Honored for her commitment to empowering urban students and families in North Texas through innovative curriculum, personalized support, and strategic partnerships.


Health/Science – Christopher Durovich

Honored for his tireless dedication to the health and welfare of the children of Dallas and beyond by his leadership of Children’s Health.


History – Remembering Black Dallas

Honored for their diligence in the preservation of African American history, artifacts, and culture of Dallas.


Humanities – Katherine Power

Honored for her devotion to the preservation and maintenance of the Frankford Church, Cemetery, and surrounding area of the Blackland Prairie.


Philanthropy – Downtown Dallas Parks Conservancy

Honored for creating, nurturing and protecting Downtown Dallas neighborhood parks for all Dallas citizens to enjoy.


Sports – Rolando Blackman

Honored for his dedication to the advancement of Dallas’s underprivileged youth via the Assist Youth Foundation.


Volunteer Community Leadership – New Friends New Life

Honored for providing case management, counseling, economic empowerment, and educational support for victims of trafficked and sexually exploited teen girls, women, and their children.


Jubilee History Maker – Sam Coats

Honored for his decade’s long commitment to the City of Dallas through his volunteer efforts with City Boards and Commissions, non-profits, and civic organizations.






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