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Public Statement/News

To celebrate the rich history and contributions of the Black community during Black History Month, the Dallas YMCA is pleased to announce Freedom Tour Fridays powered by Reliant as part of the company’s commitment to powering change in the places where we live and work. Each Friday in February, the Dallas YMCA will host virtual tours that explore the history of Dallas through the perspective of African Americans.

Below is the schedule:

  • Friday, Feb 5, Intro to African American History in Dallas (self-guided)
  • Friday, Feb 12, 11.a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Booker T. Washington High & History of Deep Ellum
  • Friday, Feb 19, 11.a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Queen City Heights & Bonton
  • Friday, Feb 26, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: History of Moorland Family Y

Freedom Tour Fridays offer images, narrated stories and videos related to Black history, arts and culture in the Dallas community. All sessions are free of charge and can be accessed via livestream on Zoom. Recordings will also be available on the Dallas YMCA’s website at: www.ymcadallas.org/blog/freedom-tour-fridays-presented-dream

Freedom Tour Fridays was developed by D.R.E.A.M. (Determined, Resilient, Engaged, Access & Movement), the Dallas YMCA’s African American Employee Resource Group, which aims to address issues African Americans face in the workplace, community and country as well as celebrate their success. Members of D.R.E.A.M. will narrate the sessions and serve as the virtual guides for the tours.

The Dallas YMCA encourages the community to join the sessions as we lift up, uncover and celebrate. Rodrigua Ross, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, is available for interviews. Please let me know if you would like any additional information about the sessions.


About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Founded in 1885, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves thousands of men, women and children each year, regardless of age, income or background. Anchored in communities across North Texas, the Dallas Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y ensures all people have equitable access to the essentials needed to become thriving members of the community. Daily, the Y bridges and fills individual and community needs as a catalyst for impactful change. The YMCA makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, with three areas of impact: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.ymcadallas.org.