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African American Education Archives and History Program Celebrates Educational Excellence with Hall of Fame Class of 2024

(DALLAS, TX) – On April 6, the African American Education Archives and History Program will celebrate the induction of eight outstanding educators into its Educator’s Hall of Fame. Additionally, Journalist Norma Adams-Wade will be honored with the Trailblazer Award, and Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III and Dr. Harry Robinson Jr. will be honored with the Presidential Award. The Hall of Fame event is Saturday, April 6, at noon at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 Olive Street.

Educators being inducted into the Hall of Fame are:

  • Estelle Mitchell Adams
  • Paula Dunn Brown
  • Regina Jones
  • Delia Lyons
  • Vickie Mitchell
  • Michael Palmer (Deceased)
  • Roosevelt Vaughn
  • Dr. Jennifer Wimbish


The AAEAHP Educator’s Hall of Fame identifies and recognizes educators and others for outstanding contributions to the educational experiences of African Americans in Dallas County. Inductees are historical and contemporary. Since 2004, one hundred and seventy-five individuals have been inducted into the AAEAHP Hall of Fame and 35 special awards have been presented recognizing outstanding members of the community.

The Class of 2024 will join previous Hall of Fame honorees which include Dr. Emmett Conrad, Kathlyn J. Gilliam, Yvonne A. Ewell, Sam Tasby, Dr. Marvin E. Edwards, Curtistene Smith McCowan, Pastor Zan Wesley Holmes Jr., Rev. C.B.T. Smith, Thomas G. Jones and others. All classes of honorees are in a photographic exhibit at the African American Museum Dallas, 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75210.

In addition to celebrating the honorees, scholarships will be awarded to several high school and continuing college students. Since 2015, AAEAHP has awarded tens of thousands of dollars to students from Dallas

County to help them attend college and become educators. You can make a donation to the scholarship fund at > Donate > Contributions.

If you would like to attend the event, individual participation is $100 per person; tables are available for $1000 per table. In addition, you may acknowledge one or more individuals (living or deceased) in the souvenir program booklet (In Honor/In Memory) who influenced your pursuit of education for $25 per name. The deadline to make these purchases is March 1, 2024. Make checks or money orders payable to: AAEAHP, and mail to P.O. Box 411091, Dallas, TX 75241, or you may make your purchases online at AAEAHP is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible.

You may also support this event by purchasing a sponsorship or an advertisement in the souvenir program booklet. For more information about the induction ceremony and luncheon, check out our website at

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Estelle Mitchell Adams. Dallas ISD teacher for over 27 years, higher education Board Member (Bishop College) and philanthropist.





Paula Dunn Brown. Co-Founder/Consultant with A. W. Brown Fellowship Leadership Academy. Classroom teacher Dallas ISD.






Delia Lyons. Teacher, resource teacher, musician and counselor in Dallas ISD over 30 years.





Regina Jones. Principal, Executive Director in Dallas ISD. Now Chief Equity Officer IL Texas Charter, Richardson, Texas.





Vickie Mitchell. Area Superintendent, Senior Executive Director, Executive Director, Principal and teacher Dallas ISD.





Michael Palmer. Teacher, principal. Led J. J. Rhoads Elementary School in Dallas ISD to unprecedented academic excellence/school recognized as top performing elementary in Texas.





Roosevelt Vaughn. Teacher, Principal, assistant athletic director in Dallas ISD. 40 years plus in education.





Dr. Jennifer Wimbish. Consultant, Author and President Emeritus of Cedar Valley College, now Dallas College.







Norma Adams-Wade. Award winning columnist for the Dallas Morning News. Focused on issues related to education and other issues related to the African American community.






Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III. A prophetic pastor and social activist fighting against racial injustice. For the past 40 years, Dr. Haynes has served as the visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. On July 15, 2023, he was named President and CEO of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition as the successor of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.




Dr. Harry Robinson Jr. In 1974 he founded the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas. For over 30 years, his passion has been preserving African American history and art and passing it on to today’s generation.





Contact: Loretta Simon 

Phone: 214.697.2813 





The African American Education Archives and History Program (AAEAHP) began in 2002 as a collaborative effort of local educators  and the African American Museum. Our mission is to raise awareness of the African American experience in Dallas County, collect and preserve archives, recognize outstanding individuals, and support students and young educators. Components of the  organization include educators’ hall of fame, oral history collection, archives and history, scholarships, children’s center at AA  Museum, and digital interactive wall.  

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