Dr. George Keaton: Remembering Black Dallas

Dr. George Keaton spent 31 years devoting his life to the students of DISD as a teacher and guidance counselor, but when he learned about the black history preservation movement in Dallas, he found another purpose. His work with Remembering Black Dallas includes preserving oral history, creating awareness through tours, and maintaining Dallas’ first integrated graveyard.

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Mary Martin
The Girly Shop Teacher: A New Look for Construction Tech

Tami Gamble-Gurnell, or The Girly Shop Teacher, is putting a new face on the male-dominated world of construction education, teaching Dallas-area students the STEM skills needed to build the future. With an all-girl student construction dedicated to community projects, Tami is connecting the classroom with the needs of the city.

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Mary Martin
Café Momentum x Ruthie's Rolling Café: Not a Normal Food Truck

Cafe Momentum is not a normal restaurant. And Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe is not a normal food truck. Together they are offering the family, experience, and employment necessary to end the cycle of juvenile recidivism after parole. With a 12-month training at Café Momentum and an externship at Ruthie’s, students are given opportunity and a voice.

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Mary Martin
Brit Rose: The Boutique that Gives Back

The Brit Rose Foundation is encouraging the community to “Shop to Shine,” donating 100% of their boutique profits to organizations that impact mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Named for Brittney Serpa, Brit Rose is spearheaded by Brittney’s mom, Tori, who is making connections between mental health, bullying, trauma, and treatment.

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Mary Martin
Molly Smith: Shining a Blue Light for Autism Awareness

Molly Smith and her son Graham have been advocating for autism awareness during World Autism Month in April with their own initiative, Light it Up Blue for Graham. By mailing blue lightbulbs to neighbors and friends, the Smith family is starting new conversations about autism and neurodiversity.

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Mary Martin
Daniel Stein: Training Special Strong

Daniel Stein founded Special Strong, a personal training business that serves teens and adults with special needs using adaptive recreation and fitness programs. Special Strong is not only making a difference in the lives of their clients, but in the lives of their clients’ families and communities as well.

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Mary Martin
Dr. Candice Bledsoe: Sharing Stories with The Collective

Dr. Candice Bledsoe is creating space for women of color to give their stories a platform and create connections based on both shared and unshared experiences. All of her work, including leadership at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and the Action Research Center, is connected to a line of powerful women who weren’t afraid to tell their story.


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Mary Martin
Melissa Ice: Providing Dignified Employment for Sex Trafficking Survivors

January is designated as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, so Dallas Doing Good is proud to share a powerful interview with Melissa Ice, Founder and Executive Director of The Net, a nonprofit addressing poverty by creating dignity-restoring relationships. Melissa and her team also recently launched a new social enterprise, The Worthy Co., which employs women who are survivors of sex trafficking.


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Mary Martin