- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Plans are underway to turn the home of a late Dallas civil rights leader whose involvement in education spanned decades into a museum and learning center.

The home of Kathlyn Gilliam, who died in 2011 at the age of 81, was made a city of Dallas landmark in November.

The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1ALq4k2 ) reports that Gilliam’s daughter, Connie Harris, expects the museum and learning center to open Oct. 16, Gilliam’s birthday. Harris says a committee is being formed to find donors and sponsors for the transformation, initially projected to cost $50,000 to $60,000.

Gilliam, who was focused on ways to eliminate disparities for black children in Dallas public schools, became the first black woman on the Dallas school board in 1974 and the first black board president in 1980.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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