The Austin NAACP Branch 52nd Annual DeWitty/Overton Freedom Fund Banquet was held December 2, 2017 - 6:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Town Lake, Austin, Texas.
2017 theme: " Ground Zero - Paths to Empowerment."
The banquet honors two great Texans who fought on the front lines for civil rights: Arthur B. DeWitty and Volma Overton. DeWitty organized the Travis County Voters League to increase voter participation in local elections. Volma Robert Overton was a celebrated civil rights leader and an advocate for equality in Austin Schools. This banquet now also includes the Captain Louie White award for outstanding Law enforcement and our Founders award for Austin citizens who have made outstanding contributions in civic engagement. The program also includes the President awards for local citizens who have made outstanding contributions in improving the African American Quality of Life.
The 2017 DeWitty/Overton award recipient is Dr. Mark Washington. Dr. Washington is an Assistant City Manager for the City of Austin.In that capacity, he oversees the Human Resources, Labor Relations, Austin Convention Center, Fleet Services Communications and Technologymanagement. More information will be included in our program booklet.
The 2017 Captain Louie White award recipient is Austin Assistant Chief of Police Frank Dixon. Chief Dixon is currently assigned to the Austin Police Department South Patrol Bureau. Chief Dixon has been commissioned since 1995 and has worked in Street Response, Narcotics, Gang Unit/Major Crimes Homicide, SWAT, CAST, and Patrol K-9. He grew up in Austin, attending A.S. Johnston High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating at James Bowie High School. Chief Dixon's entire bio will be included in the program booklet.
The Austin NAACP branch is proud to announce our keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Leonard N. Moore, Interim Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement and George Littlefield Professor of American History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has received a number of teaching awards including, Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching and the John Warfield Teaching Award. He also directs study abroad programs in Beijing and Cape Town and both programs have become national models for diversity global education. He is currently working on a biography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the controversial pastor, congressman, and civil rights leader. He is also currently the Chairman of the Board at the Austin Area Urban League. His complete bio will be included in the program booklet.
This edition of In the CLEar is dedicated to Mr. William Franklin Guest, former member of Gladys Knight & The Pips. Mr. Guest passed away December 24, 2015. This episode features a discussion with Guest and Dame Dhyana Ziegler, PhD about their book Midnight Train from Georgia: A Pip's Journey.
In this episode ITC features the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center located in Austin, Texas. We share a conversation with Para LaNell Agboga who serves as the Museum Site Coordinator and Theatre Manager. Agboga says that "The Carver" is a "beacon" in the community.
As we recognize and celebrate Black History Month, this episode of In the CLEar features Dr. James D. Anderson, renown educator, historian, and author.
James D. Anderson is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor
of Education; the Head of the Department of Education Policy,
Organization and Leadership; the Executive Associate Dean for the
College of Education and affiliate Professor of History. His scholarship
focuses broadly on the history of U.S. education, with specializations
in the history of African American education in the South, the history
of higher education desegregation, the history of public school
desegregation, and the history of African American school achievement in
the 20th century. His book, The Education of Blacks in the South,
1860-1935, won the American Educational Research Association outstanding
book award in 1990. He is senior editor of the History of Education
Quarterly. Anderson has served as an expert witness in a series of
federal desegregation and affirmative action cases, including Jenkins v.
Missouri, Knight v. Alabama, Ayers v. Mississippi, Gratz v. Bollinger,
and Grutter v. Bollinger. He served as an adviser for and participant in
the PBS documentaries School: The Story of American Public Education
(2001), The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (2002) and Forgotten Genius: The
Percy Julian Story. He was elected to the National Academy of Education
in 2008. In 2012, he was selected as a Fellow for Outstanding Research
by the American Educational Research Association and received the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges for
Teacher Education. In 2013, he was selected Center for Advanced Study
Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the
University of Illinois.
There's a message in the music. In this episode, Dr. Paul Butler discusses social justice and the musical influence of the Hip Hop culture. Celebrating 50 years, Dr. Butler was the keynote speaker for the 2015 DeWitty/Overton Freedom Fund Awards Banquet hosted by the NAACP Austin Branch.
Professor Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. Currently, Professor Butler researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC. His scholarship has been published in many leading scholarly journals, and his scholarship has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption.
This edition of In the CLEar features a conversation between "The Good Brother Dr. Oliver" and Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett, Associate Professor, Co-Director, UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. They discuss her work "Journey Lines."
The following information is taken directly from the
Duquesne University website: http://www.duq.edu/academics/faculty/gretchen-generett
Gretchen Givens Generett, Ph.D. has spent the last fifteen years in academia researching and teaching on issues of teacher professional development, educational leadership, and cultural diversity. An associate professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University, Dr. Generett is in the Foundations and Educational Leadership Department and is Co-director of the University Council for Educational Administration Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. Her teaching and research are designed to enhance the skills and habits of mind necessary for educators to effectively teach students from diverse populations. Dr. Generett has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes in the field of education. She is the co-editor of the book Black Women in the Field: Experiences Understanding Ourselves and Others through Qualitative Research published by Hampton Press and has served as the guest editor for the journals Educational Foundations, Educational Studies, and Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.
In this special edition of In the CLEar, the Good Brother Dr. Oliver addresses the concept of "Respectability Politics." He speaks with Dr. Darryl Scott, Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) president.
The Good Brother Dr. Oliver dialogues with Congressman John Lewis (GA) and Mukasa Dada, former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) member and civil rights activist. Dr. Oliver attended the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference September 23-27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Michele Oliver joins In the CLEar sharing information about the eSTEAMed Youth Program sponsored by The Austin (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.