From Deep Ellum, whose name derives from an early African American dialect’s pronunciation of Elm Street, to some of the recognized names in music, such as Ray Charles and Robert Johnson, the Metroplex celebrates a leap-year’s worth of Black History Month.
Throughout DFW, celebrations pay tribute to African American contributions and accomplishments that stretched from north Texas to the rest of the world. It is here that:
- Robert Johnson recorded some of his most memorable blues tunes and Ray Charles lived before he ascended to immortality;
- Freed slaves founded such places as Joppa, also known as Joppee and Bear Creek freedman’s town in Irving, now one of the most desirable communities around;
- Landmarks still stand, including the Grand Temple of the Knights of Pythias, now the Union Bankers Trust Building, designed by William Sydney Pittman, the state’s first black architect and son-in-law of Booker T. Washington.
One of the nation’s leading homebuilders that leads the way to the American Dream with 81 communities offering new homes for sale in Dallas, TX, Lennar shares several ways to mark the rich historical heritage throughout the month:
Explore: Take a narrated tour of black history, winding past sites
throughout Dallas that are little-known, along with stops for treats at African
American-owned businesses and admission to the African American Museum at Fair
Art and history: Billed as one of the largest of its kind outside of the Smithsonian Institution, The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection runs through February at the African American Museum in Fair Park. The 150-plus items from 1595 to the present include paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, letters, rare books and more. The museum lies just 23 miles from Overland Grove, a new community coming soon with new homes for sale in Forney, TX.
Branch out: From jazz to quilts to movies, Dallas Public Library plays host to a variety of events celebrating the month. Forest Green Branch, for instance, pays tribute to three influential women and to famous inventors. The branch is within 10 miles of the River Place Park Collection, which is coming soon new Lennar homes for sale in Garland, TX.
Right to vote: Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce offers its “3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration: African Americans and the Right to Vote” on Feb 25.
Just as Everything’s Included® in new Lennar homes, so Dallas-Fort Worth offers one of the nation’s richest cultural and historic landscapes. To learn more about how to live the dream, contact Lennar’s Dallas-Fort Worth Internet New Home team at (866) 314-4477 and visit our website.