Craft Reconsidered: The Noble Life hosted by The Juanita Craft Foundation and The Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches will be conducted June 5-7 2014 in Dallas. Check back here for additional program details and Eventbrite registration beginning April 1, 2014. This symposium brings together individuals from political, civic, labor and faith organizations to provide vivid, first-person insights into working with Juanita Craft and her contemporaries in conjunction with historians and journalists providing commentary and perspective.
The Craft Reconsidered weekend of fellowship and exploration begins with a dinner program on Thursday evening, June 5. The fascinating history and contemporary ramifications of the Smith v Allwright (April 3 1944), Sweatt v Painter (June 5 1950) and McLaurin v Oklahoma (June 5 1950) Supreme Court rulings which set the stage for Brown v Topeka (May 17 1954) will be addressed. Juanita Craft and her peers in the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches were deeply involved in these cases crafted by Thurgood Marshall and the Legal Defense Fund.
On Friday evening, June 6th there will be a catered reception and program from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Juanita Craft Civil Rights House in the Wheatley Place Historic District. Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches, will formally open the event.
The Texas Historical Marker for the Craft Civil Rights House will be dedicated that evening at a ceremony with former and current members of the Dallas City Council, Dallas County Historical Commission and the Dallas Landmark Commission participating.
The formal symposium will commence the next day, Saturday June 7th, from 8:45 am – 11:15 am at The Adolphus Hotel with The Craft of Politics:“We will change this!”, a moderated roundtable comprised of former and current political and appointed officeholders and executive staff members who worked directly with Juanita Craft in the political sphere. A panel of journalists, historians and political scientists will provide commentary.
Noted historian Bruce A. Glasrud will deliver the keynote presentation at the luncheon from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm addressing “Anti-Black Violence in 20th Century Texas”.
The first afternoon session running from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm is “The fight is on!”: Craft, the NAACP and the Campaigns for First-Class Citizenship in the Texas Region is a moderated roundtable with members of the NAACP, NAACP Youth Councils and other organizations who worked with Juanita Craft in her battle against Jim Crow and its nuanced heirs. The second session, “Call & Response: The Faith Communities of Texas in the Age of Jim Crow” addresses the response of Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Unitarian congregations to apartheid. Panelists in both sessions will be joined by journalists and scholars providing commentary.
In convening this broad mix of participants within the structure of a formal seminar, the organizers seek to both enrich the primary historical record and inspire more scholarship in 20th century Texas Freedom Movements. Proceedings of Craft Reconsidered will be filmed and made available at http://www.juanitacraft.org.
Concurrent with the seminar, oral histories with those who knew Juanita Craft will be conducted. Also, a permanent installation honoring Juanita Craft and Eleanor Roosevelt will be dedicated at The Adolphus Hotel during the symposium .
The concluding event from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm in The Adolphus Hotel ballroom will be a reception, dinner and program featuring a presentation and panel discussion on “The Other Dallas” which addresses the impact of progressives on the history of the city.
We look forward to your joining us in Dallas as we journey together through this inspiring history.