A Year Of Unity To Be Announced By Dallas Leaders

Leadership Effort Will Address Growing Racial and Cultural Divide in Metroplex

What: The July 2016 ambush of Dallas police officers put the spotlight on the growing distrust and division between institutions and political systems with the minority community.  That event and others in our City and Country have brought public and private leadership, along with citizens, face to face with the issue of racial and cultural divide in Dallas. The Year of Unity (The YOU) is a year to champion intentional collaboration hosted by Project Unity, in partnership with corporations,groups, organizations and various segments of the community. Through intentional dialogue, community building, education and empowerment,The YOU aim to build and sustain a stronger, more united Dallas.


Who: The YOU is the heart-project of Rev. Richie Butler, Senior Pastor of St. Paul UMC and Founder of the not-for-profit PROJECT UNITY.  Butler released a partial listing of The YEAR OF UNITY supporters, including honorary chair Former President George W. Bush, as well as honorary co-chairs city of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Leading Latino Businesswoman Arcilia Acosta, Greater Asian Chamber of Commerce President Galileo Jumaoas, Interfaith Council Co-Chair Almas Muscatwalla; U.S. Olympic Women’s Champion Michelle Carter; President Michael Sorrell of Paul Quinn College; Dr. Brian Williams, UT Southwestern and a host of Ambassadors from all sectors of the city and community.  Leaders of The YOU movement will share details during presser of what Dallas can expect and how these leaders, who the financial partners are and what specific programs will champion the improvement of race relations.


Why: We can no longer ignore the great divide of race and culture in Dallas!  The prominence of racial concerns in North Texas is more visible than ever.  From police and community conflict to the great political divide of the recent presidential election, which has fueled rallies and marches for equality.  Our City is experiencing a DIVIDE that is front and center and to ignore it could cause great harm for generations to come.  The YOU presents a great OPPORTUNITY.

Who will be in attendance? More than 50 persons representing leading private and public groups and organizations from across the city will be in attendance for the Press Conference and about 100 Ambassadors are expected to attend the Launch Luncheon that immediately follows.  If media would like to stay for the luncheon you must RSVP.


When: Tues, Jan. 24, 2017 at 10:30 am. Press Conference /11 am Launch Luncheon

Where: Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas

Media Contact: Toska Medlock Lee, 214.729.6144,www.projectunity.net