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Board notes Black History Month, honors Christ Community Connection
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District’s Board of Trustees Thursday unanimously approved a resolution recognizing February as Black History Month and honoring a local organization which has provided leadership for black history programs for the last several years.
Willie and Juanita Rainwater of Christ Community Connection stood with Nancy Cline, board president, and Dr. Bobby Burns, C-FB ISD board president, as James Goode, board vice president, read the proclamation.
“The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District takes pride in joining Christ Community Connection and Americans throughout the country and various parts of the world in recognizing February 2013 as Black History Month,” Goode said.
He added, “We thank Christ Community Connection for their support and commitment to our students and families, and we appreciate how the members of Christ Community Connection have helped our students learn the important history and significant contributions of Black Americans in our community, state, nation and world.”
Burns also praised the Rainwaters and Christ Community Connection for their contributions over the years.
He also announced that Christ Community Connection will present the 40th Annual Black History Program at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at R. L. Turner High School.
Willie Rainwater said most of the 25 black students who got off the bus to integrate R. L. Turner High School in 1963 will be present for the program, which will feature speeches, singing and skits depicting the rich black heritage in the city of Carrollton.
Rainwater has a clipping from a Sept. 3, 1963 issue of the Dallas Times Herald with headlines that read, “Negro high school students step off bus at Carrollton to integrate R.L. Turner High School; First high school in Dallas County to desegregate its classes.”
The desegregation of R.L. Turner High School came after Rainwater’s mother, Annie Heads Rainwater, had filed suit. Judge Sarah Hughes ruled in favor of the plaintiff, and local and Dallas area history was made.
Rainwater said the public is invited to attend the program.