DFW’s Vibrant African American Culture Comes to Life During Black History Month

Lennar Dallas/Ft. Worth

When it comes to Black History Month—and all year long—the Metroplex has much to celebrate, thanks to a myriad of musicians, artists, writers and cultural icons who continue contributing to the rich and vibrant African American traditions here.

Bet you didn’t know, for instance, that Charley Pride, the late Grammy-winning crooner who was the first African American inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, hailed from Dallas. Once a baseball player, he was a huge Texas Rangers fan.

You can still hear his Texas-twanged songs on the radio and almost feel his presence at Globe Life Park, where he sang the National Anthem before the last game at the stadium in 2019. The team later moved to Globe Life Field, just 25 miles from Lennar’s new homes for sale in Fort Worth, TX in Parkview Hills Classic.

Black History Month

The Lennar community also lies just 16 miles from Fort Worth’s National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, where you’ll find a tribute to Cathey William, the only documented female Buffalo soldier from the 1860s—an absolutely must-see exhibition.  

A few miles away, the Texas & Pacific Terminal houses Jeff Gottfried’s aluminum-and bronze “Freedom Train,” honoring African Americans who helped build the railroads.

A different kind of “railroad”—the Underground Railroad—is remembered in Quakertown, an 1880s African American settlement, only 11 miles from Lennar’s Hillstone Pointe community, with new homes for sale in Little Elm, TX. The town, long gone but with a 1904 home now serving as a museum, is named for the Quakers who helped fugitive slaves. 

Fast forward to 21st-century DFW. Today, neo-soul singer Erykah Badu turns often to her Dallas roots, while Jim Schutze’s powerful cult classic, “The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City,” will be re-released in September by Deep Vellum press.

Literary lights shine regularly in The Dock Bookshop, billed as the largest African American bookstore in DFW. The Fort Worth shop, offering Black bestsellers past and present, has featured signings with Tyrese Gibson, Russell Simmons, Kirk Franklin and many more.

In film, Fort Worth-raised Chyna Robinson has garnered multiple awards with her romantic thriller, No Ordinary Love, featured in the American Black Film Festival in 2020.

In visual arts, one of the nation’s largest collections of Black folk art resides at the African American Museum, just 24 miles from Riverplace Brookstone. The Lennar community, with new homes for sale in Garland, TX, also showcases new Lennar homes in Riverplace Parks.

African American arts and culture are included in sites and experiences throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, adding to the diversity and inclusivity here. Everything’s Included® in Lennar’s new homes, too, with standard upgrades that add even more to life. To celebrate yours, call Lennar’s Dallas-Fort Worth New Home Sales Consultants at (866) 314-4477.

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