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DFW:Black History Tribute: "Shoes Never Filled"
The impact of teachers can be seen all over the world, but the impact of a strong African-American educator is both priceless and immeasurable.
Such is the story of life-long teacher Mrs. Hazel Harvey Peace.
Her life, example and presence touched thousands as she worked and shared her life with Fort Worth school children and parents of I.M. Terrell for nearly 50 years until her retirement in 1972.
Her legacy includes serving her community as educator and community activist and teacher, counselor, dean of girls and vice principal at historic I.M. Terrell High School for 42 years.
Peace died June 8, 2008, at her south side home. She was 100 years old.
That great contribution to the lives of many has the Fort Worth Independent School District mourning her passing and now recommending naming a new school for the veteran educator.
"She was a gift to the community and a gift to generations of children and a gift to the education profession," said Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Melody Johnson. “Shoes like Hazel's are never really filled. It is our intention to recommend the first new school in the Fort Worth ISD bond program be named in her honor."
Born Aug. 4, 1907 in Waco, Peace was a graduate of Fort Worth Colored High School at age 13, she came home to teach at her alma mater, renamed I.M. Terrell High, at age 17.
She was a legendary teacher, counselor, dean of girls and vice principal.
Her impact on generations of young black children, their parents and the community will long be felt. Her guidance, wisdom and counsel inspired others to give their best and pursue excellence.
Following retirement from the public schools, she was student affairs director and financial aid coordinator at Bishop College in Dallas for nine years. She also taught summers at Paul Quinn College in Waco, Huston-Tillotson College in Austin and Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View.
Mrs. Peace was editor of the "Texas Standard," official publication of the state teachers association. She was a life member of TSTA and member of Mental Health Association, Fort Worth Retired Teachers Association and National Retired Teachers Association.
Her civic involvement included Southside Neighborhood Advisory Council, JPS Hospital Advisory Board, Park and Recreation Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Women's Center of Tarrant County, United Community Centers, Near Southside Youth Program, Fire Prevention and Education Council of Tarrant County.
Peace was a strong proponent of education and literacy and often read to children in a reading program named after her at Bethlehem Center in her community. She was a longtime member of Baker Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she served in the Helen Wagner Bible Class, Wednesday Noon Prayer and study group, Progressive Club and was a generous benefactor for youth activities.
The Hazel Harvey Peace chair at the University of North Texas in Denton was organized in her honor to create a professorship in library science. The Fort Worth Central Library wing for children is also named in her honor. She was honored by countless organizations and agencies for her work in the Fort Worth community, and was selected as a torchbearer for the 2004 Olympics.
Her husband, Joe Peace in 1959, preceded her in death.
Her influence on thousands will communicate across the ages and last for generations to come.
She joins the heroic and historic list of African-Americans locally and nationally whose lives are now a testimony to the struggle that we can learn, achieve and use our lives in positive ways to serve and make a difference in our community.
It's My Opinion
It's my opinion that Juneteenth deserves national recognition and formal designation as a national holiday.
There is no denying the fact that racial healing is needed in America. The first step in this process is respecting and honoring the heritage, sacrifices and history of African-American contributions to this nation and its economy.
The hands of slaves crafted many of the buildings in Washington and has contributed to countless inventions and innovations that today are part of American technology and culture.
We as a people must stand up and demand that our heritage be recognized and respected at every level.
No one can deny the fact how we got here as a people nor can the decades of of slavery, mistreatment, segregation and other atrocities be forgotten.
We hold the key to these legacies and our ancestors are depending on us to make the commitment not to rest until all truths are told and recognized.
A Juneteenth Holiday is one of the ways that sends the right message that those ancestors and their hard road through life will never be slighted and will be passed on forever.
People call for us to "Remember the Alamo", "Remember the Holocaust"... It is time to "Remember Juneteenth" and make it a national holiday.
Write President Bush using the petition on page two and send it to the White House. It is time the Executive Branch of our government to follow suit with Congress and sign off on this now.
We have been waiting long enough... For our ancestors, it is way past due...
Celebrating Juneteenth is as simple as J U N E T E E N T H.
J -- Juneteenth represents the joy of freedom--the chance for a new beginning.
U -- Unless we expose the truth about the African-American slave experience, Americans won't be truly free.
N -- Never must we forget our ancestors' endurance of one of the worst slave experiences in human history.
E -- Every American has benefited from the wealth blacks created through over 200 years of free labor and Juneteenth allows us to acknowledge that debt.
T -- To encourage every former slave-holding state to follow Texas' (and Oklahoma's) example and make Juneteenth a state holiday.
E -- Everyday in America, blacks are reminded of the legacy of slavery. Juneteenth counters that by reminding us of the promise of deliverance.
E -- Even on the journey to discover who we are, Juneteenth allows us to reflect on where we've been, where we're at and where we're going as a people.
N -- Never give up hope is the legacy our enslaved ancestors left. It was this legacy that produced black heroism in the Civil War and helped launch the modern civil rights era. It is this legacy we celebrate.
T -- To proclaim for all the world to hear, that human rights must never again become subservient to property rights.
H -- History books have only told a small part of the story; Juneteenth gives us a chance to set the record straight.
The Juneteenth Freedom Festival- Memphis
Black Leaders Today: Frank Moss
Fort Worth Council member Frank Moss was elected to the District 5 seat in May 2007. The post is nothing new to Mr. Moss, as he also previously served the citizens of District 5 on the Fort Worth City Council from August 1998 to May of 2004.
Mr. Moss is currently the owner and a broker for Moss Real Estate and Development (RED) Group, in Fort Worth. Aside from being a licensed Texas real estate broker, Mr. Moss is a member of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors and the Greater Fort Worth Association of Commercial Realtors. His business is also a Certified Minority Business Enterprise Agency.
Mr. Moss holds a master’s degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a bachelor’s degree in Art from Texas Wesleyan University. Post graduate studies include work at the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs, as well as additional studies at Harvard University’s John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government.
A long time civic leader, Mr. Moss can be found in many Fort Worth civic and community service circles. Along with his service as a representative for District 5, Mr. Moss also serves on the Tarrant County Historic Commission, the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, the Fort Worth/Tarrant County Branch of the NAACP and Ambassador Club of Fort Worth. He is also a Prince Hall Mason.
His service to the Fort Worth community has earned Mr. Moss many distinctions and honors. Such awards include the UTA Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Service Award, 1997; the UTA School of Urban and Public Affairs Distinguished Alumni Award, 1999; the Texas Wesleyan University Alumni Association’s Alumnus of the Year, 2000; the National Association of Development Corporation Organization Region VI Hall of Fame Award, “Advocate for the Community Development, 1993”; and the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association’s Partnership Award, 2002 and 2004.
Mr. Moss is married to his wife, Christene, and has three children: Edmond, Kimberlyn and Franklin.