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Please join us for a monthly musical summer extravaganza with entertainment, food and drinks with sounds of Sharnette Hyter, Kee Dallas, Reuben Lael, and a special tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Nipsey Hussle, American rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist. For more information, please contact Sharon Beechum at 214-414-8893.

Admission: $25 Individual Tickets. $60 Season Pass.

Location: All performances are at the African American Museum, Dallas, 3536 Grand Avenue in Historic Fair Park.


Tulisoma, Swahili for "we read", is a community-based festival promoting literacy in the South Dallas/Fair Park area. Founded in 2003, by the late Leo V. Chaney, Jr., and Dr. Harry Robinson, President and CEO of the African American Museum, the goal of Tulisoma is to create a dynamic event tailored to engage local families, avid readers, aspiring writers and visitors to the city. The African American Museum serves as the lead partner along with The Dallas Public Library and many community supporters and sponsors to continue the tradition of celebrating reading and the importance of literacy.

Admission: Free. Donations Accepted.

Location: African American Museum, Dallas, 3536 Grand Avenue in Historic Fair Park.


The Award is named for A. Maceo Smith, a consummate community leader whose volunteer service spanned a period of more than 50 years. Smith served as a Regional Director of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Smith was also a leading figure in the Progressive Voters League, NAACP, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Urban League and Bishop College. He was integral in the development of Hamilton Park. He was also a trustee of New Hope Baptist Church and the National President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and The Fisk University National Alumni Association. He was a founding supporter of The African American Museum, Dallas and the founder of the Hall of Negro Life that was erected at the State Fair in 1936 for the Texas Centennial Fair.

The Award which had been given beginning in 1978 was last presented on September 30, 2017. Volunteers will be recognized for their outstanding service to the African American community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Civic and Human Services, Education, Business, and Youth Involvement. A special award will be presented to a community servant under 40 years of age.

Admission: TBA.

Location: TBA.


The Lassiter Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Healthcare is devoted to women in health and women’s healthcare issues. Bessie Lassiter, a registered nurse, was the wife of Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., who with his two children endowed the lecture.

Established healthcare professionals will be invited to present the lecture as part of our African American Heritage Series and a part of The Museum’s Culture of Wellness Initiative.

Admission: Free. Donations Accepted.

Location: African American Museum, Dallas, 3536 Grand Avenue in Historic Fair Park.


The Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra (SJCO) is one of the nation's oldest contemporary majority African-American community orchestras. Formed in 1983 under the umbrella of Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH) by its Music Director, Anne Lundy, its mission is to share music written by Black composers with communities which historically have had limited access to orchestral works.

THE SJCO has performed mainstream works such as Handel's Messiah but black composers and traditions are its focus. In 1986, CMCH's Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration orchestral performance of Free At Last grabbed such public attention that it served as the theme of Dan Rather's CBS News cast that day. In 1991, CMCH presented the first major Juneteenth concert to be held indoors at Houston's Wortham Theater. In 1995 the daughter of William Grant Still who is considered to be the dean of African-American composers so appreciated CMCH that of all the national 100 birthday, she chose to celebrate his birthday with a workshop and a performance of his music performed by CMCH's Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra. Other notable performances include accompanying pop superstar Beyoncé as she sang the Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XXXIII.

Admission: Tickets start at $25. Tickets available in Lassiter Emporium at the African American Museum.

Location: The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas, Texas.