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Posted on 25 Jan 2007 at 7:57pm
By Staff and Wire Reports

Lambda Legal kicks off Black History Month honoring Dallas AIDS advocates

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund presents its second annual Civil Rights Award Dinner honoring Dr. M. Keith Rawlings and Deneen Robinson, both Dallas-based HIV/AIDS community advocates, on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Westin Park Central Hotel, 12720 Merit Drive in Dallas.

The event kicks off Black History Month and was established to honor the outstanding contributions African-Americans have made to the LGBT and HIV-positive community.

The event will also feature Lorenzo Taylor as keynote speaker. Taylor is the plaintiff in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit against Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice alleging that her department discriminates against candidates for jobs as foreign service officers who have HIV.

Admission is $75. To RSVP, contact Carla McKinzie at 214-219-8585.

Dallas Public Library to mark International Holocaust Day

The Dallas Public Library will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday, Jan. 28, with a special exhibit depicting the violence and pain inflicted on victims of the Holocaust. The art work was created by students at Southern Methodist University and includes depictions of their thoughts and feelings through paintings, sculptures, posters, drawings and other art forms.

SMU Senior Chaplain Dr. William N. Finnin Jr. will be guest speaker for the opening program. He has visited 12 Nazi death camps and edited “Journey of Remembrance: A Christmas in the Death Camps of Poland,” the memoir of a 10-member SMU delegation to Poland in 2002.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by Amnesty International Group 205, the Anti-Defamation League, Catholic Charities of Dallas Inc., Center for Survivors of Torture, the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas Inc., SMU Amnesty International, SMU Human Rights Education program and University of North Texas Peace Studies.

It opens at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the O’Hara Exhibition Hall, 7th Floor, Central Library, 1515 Young St., and will be on display through Feb. 27.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 26, 2007

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