TAMMYE NASH | Senior Editor
Legacy of Success Foundation is getting fired up for a new year, under the leadership of a new executive director.
Lawrence M. Galloway has been tapped as the organization’s fourth executive director in its 10-year history. He replaces Paul Lyons, who resigned last September.
Galloway, originally from Baton Rouge, La., has a bachelor’s degree in economics, with a finance minor in management, from Southern University and A&M College. He currently works as an online instructor supervisor for Learn-It Systems, based in Maryland, but previously worked as a math teacher in the DeSoto Independent School District’s Amber Terrace Elementary School and at Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. He also taught math at Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge.
Galloway said he started attending LOSF’s regular discussion forums for gay men of color after he moved to Dallas. That led to getting involved in the organization’s other activities, he said.
“I was really impressed with Legacy of Success Foundation and all the work the organization does in the community — things like the Hazel Hatcher Scholarship and the fundraisers,” Galloway said. “So when [board chair] Chris Davis told me they were looking for a new executive director, I knew I wanted to apply.
“I believe I am truly blessed to have been chosen as the new executive director for this organization,” he said.
Galloway said that as ED, he will focus on working with the LOSF board of directors “to ensure that we are moving in the direction of fulfilling our mission statement.”
The organization began as a business and cultural organization focused on bringing together North Texas’ LGBT community of color, creating “an environment that will aide the LGBT and affirming community of color to be proud of who they are by empowering them to action through social activism and economic growth,” according to the LOSF website.
The organization also works to eliminate homophobia and racism in the overall African-American community to break “the chains that bind our minds” and to promote social awareness and social justice.
“We want to focus on awareness, on bridging the gap between the homosexual and the heterosexual communities,” Galloway said. “We want to collaborate with other organizations to bring our whole community together.”
The board members Galloway will be working with include chairman Chris Davis, along with Kim Abernathy, Lamond Ayers, Willie Hall and Delbert Johnson. And LOSF’s next event will be a membership round-up Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak St.
The organization’s next big event will be the annual Juneteenth Celebration, on June 18, featuring a barbecue picnic at a location to be announced later, followed in August by the annual Heritage Celebration Honors Awards.
LOSF also sponsors a free community mixer on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Catfish Blues, 1011 S. Corinth St.
And on the third Sunday of each month, LOSF holds The Set, a discussion forum for “mature-minded” African-American men, and House of Glamour, a discussion forum for African-American lesbians.
The Set is held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh St., and admission is free. For more information, email Nelson Eason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 8, 2011.