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LeVar “L D” Thomas Makes Historic Bid for Dallas City Council
DALLAS- Seeking to follow in the historic steps of great Black leaders from Dallas, LeVar “LD” Thomas is seeking the council seat once held by his grandfather , former Councilman and Black Community Activist Al Lipscomb.
“We have so much potential in District 8: two colleges, an airport, a mall, an inland port, and thousands of people ready and willing to work. Yet our neighborhoods are seemingly getting worse. Stores are closing. Foreclosures, crime, unemployment, prostitution, and drugs are steadily on the rise," Thomas said when asked why he would run for the seat. "What we lack is competent and visionary leadership that can put all the pieces together; leadership that is accountable to the people. The families and business owners of District 8 deserve better, and we demand better!”
Mr. Thomas has an extensive background in service to the City of Dallas and his community; having served on various City Boards. He was first appointed to a City Board in 1995, and that board was The Dallas Youth Commission. He went on to serve on the Human Services Commission, Martin Luther King Center Board, and most recently the City of Dallas Housing Finance Corporation Board.
No stranger to Dallas politics, Thomas has not only sat at the feet of his grandfather Al Lipscomb, but also has been very active and a voice for his community.
“I can not think of a better friend and mentor to have. He has instilled in me my love for the community. It’s a love that runs deep and it is that love for community and people along with God Almighty that will guide every decision should I choose to run,” he said.
Mr. Thomas also currently serves as Chair of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats Dallas Chapter, and was a 2008 State and National Delegate for President Elect Barack Obama.
He is also a member of Friendship West Baptist Church, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and an Alumni of The University of North Texas.
Prairie View A&M Seeking Nominations for Award
PRAIRIE VIEW- Prairie View A&M University is now accepting nominations for the 2009 PVAMU Humanitarian Award.
The PVAMU Humanitarian Award is awarded annually to both a PVAMIU student and a member of the community, whose lives exemplify a spirit of love and helpfulness to others.
One of PVAMU’s most prestigious awards given to a student or non-student individual, the Humanitarian Award awardees will both be announced and presented in full regalia during the Prairie View A&M University spring commencement exercises May 2009.
In recognition that service is one of the highest ideals to which one can aspire and consistent with the centuries old tradition of universities recognizing outstanding service, Prairie View A&M University established the Humanitarian Award in 2005.
The award honors individuals who are making outstanding contributions to the University, the state of Texas and the nation. Recipients of the annual award are considered PVAMU’s measure of excellence in character and service to humanity.
Ranked the only Texas school on Black Enterprise magazine’s 2006 list of “Top 50 Colleges and Universities for African-Americans,” Prairie View A&M University was founded in 1876 and is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in Texas.
With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 41 master’s degrees and four doctoral programs through nine colleges and schools. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service.
During the university’s 132-year history, more than 51,500 academic degrees have been awarded. For more information regarding PVAMU, visit www.pvamu.edu.
To download PVAMU Humanitarian Award applications, please contact Public Relations Specialist Bryce Hairston Kennard or visit www.pvamu.edu or call (936) 261-2130.
The application deadline is March 23, 2009.