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Black Leaders Today: Carla Ranger
Representing District 6, Carla Ranger was elected to the Dallas Independent School Board of Trustees in June 2006.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts and received a Master of Arts from the University of Illinois.
Ranger is a tireless advocate for education and the importance of reading, which inspired her in 1999 to create what has become the very successful and nationally-recognized African American Read-In during Black History Month. A model for team/community building, the annual community event, held at the historic Majestic Theatre, attracts thousands from across the metroplex, encouraging students of all ages to discover the joy and rewards of reading. Her read-in team co-produced the Phillis Wheatley Awards and partners with the Harlem Book Fair in New York City and the Toulisoma We Read Book Fair and Arts Festival in Dallas.
With more than 25 years’ experience in higher education, Ranger is district director of Educational Partnerships for the Dallas County Community College District. She is a former dean of the Communications Division at Eastfield College and helped develop African American Family Day and Día De La Familia, Hispanic Family Day, at the college. She is a member of the Asian Council Advisory Committee and the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Ranger has served on the Dallas ISD Education Task Force, the Texas Test Bias Review Committee, and the National Council on Black American Affairs. She has developed record numbers of jobs for students as a volunteer administrator for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. A founding board member of the pioneering Selena Butler Leadership Training Institute, she developed curriculum and taught classes to graduate and prepare hundreds of parents for school/community service.
A strong believer in personal/professional development and service, Ranger has been a Kellogg Fellow Innovator of the Year and was selected for the National Institute for Leadership Development and the African American Presidents Roundtable. She was elected District 50 Governor for Toastmasters International, and, as a Distinguished Toastmaster, led the 3,500-member local organization to number 12 in the world. Her work with youth and community brought her national honors as a trailblazer for special community programs. She focuses on student success and has helped numerous students receive scholarships for academics and creative arts.
Ranger and husband, D. Marcus Ranger, J.D., have a son Marc, who is an honors graduate of Skyline High School, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a former Air Force Captain.