Tarleton State University will host a free screening and discussion of Stolen Education with the film’s producer Dr. Enrique Alemán Jr., from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Following the screening in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, Ballroom A, Alemán will lead a question and answer session on the film. The event is co-sponsored by Tarleton’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Education, and is free and open to the public.
Stolen Education, produced in 2013, documents the story of Mexican-American school children who faced discrimination and segregation in the South Texas community of Driscoll during the 1950s. The students were required to attend three years of first grade because they were deemed to have what school leaders at the time referred to as “language problems.” Alemán’s film follows the journey of eight children who later testified in what became a landmark federal desegregation lawsuit that forever changed educational history in Texas.
Alemán visits present-day Driscoll in the documentary and films the first-hand testimonials of those children, now in their 60s, who were retained in the first grade and who testified in court. The film brings to life the racial climate of the 1950s to the present, and demonstrates the students’ courage in an era when fear and intimidation were used to maintain racial hierarchy and control.
The Mexican-American students won the case, but for almost 60 years the lawsuit was never spoken about in the South Texas farming community where they lived despite its significance. Alemán’s documentary also provides insight into how racism and language discrimination is still prevalent in today’s society.
The question and answer event will offer an opportunity to discuss race, inclusion, diversity and inequality, as well as future efforts needed to change practices and policies that focus on improving the lives of Latinos in the United States.
Alemán, an associate professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Utah, is a South Texas native from Kingsville and first-generation college graduate. He melds his personal and professional interests to research the structural and institutionalized inequities that historically have underserved students and communities of color.
He earned his Ph.D. in educational administration, with a concentration in educational policy and planning, from the University of Texas. While at UT, he also completed a doctoral certification in Mexican-American studies.
For additional information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 254-968-9488 or visit www.tarleton.edu/diversity.
Stolen Education is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StolenEducation.
On September 24, 2014 Investigators with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office were able to apprehend Martin Macias in the parking lot of HEB in Stephenville without incident on three outstanding warrants, two for Burglary of a Habitation(2nd Degree Felonies) and one for Criminal Attempt(3rd Degree Felony) stemming from an attempted Burglary of a Habitation.
Investigators conducted a post arrest interview of Macias and as a result of that interview Investigators obtained full confessions to the incidents that resulted in the warrants and received additional information that cleared over one dozen Burglary cases in Erath County.
Included in those cases were two cases that were currently open with the Dublin Police Department. Investigators are also currently following up on leads to attempt to recover the stolen property and apprehend other suspects.
The success of this investigation began with outstanding response to the initial calls by the Patrol Deputies of the Erath County Sheriff’s Office.
Patrol Deputies that took their jobs extremely serious and processed each of the crime scenes, paying attention to small details that helped break these cases. This attention to detail provided Investigators with the tools and evidence they needed to obtain arrest warrants for Macias. The entire Erath County Sheriff’s Office has dedicated countless hours of work to help insure the residents of Erath County can once again feel secure in their homes.
This past weekend the Lady Lions traveled to Gatesville for their first tournament of the season. Dublin has been to the Gatesville tournament for over ten years and has never managed to bring home hardware from the big school tournament. This year the Lady Lions went with their mind set on bringing hardware home and that’s exactly what they did.
After losing the first game to Groesbeck Dublin had no other option but to win their next three games in order to place in the tournament. They took top honors in the consolation bracket by defeating Troy, Florence and Jarrell.
See more Lady Lions coverage in the Aug. 28 edition.
It was a close match between two longtime rivals as the Dublin Lions met the Hico Tigers in the Tarleton Fall Football Classic Thursday. Dublin came out to an early lead that was threatened in the second half, but Lions pulled ahead in the final minutes leading to a 23-20 victory to start their 2014-2015 season. Photos and the complete are available in the Sept. 4 edition.
Ruth Carpenter, 83, of Dublin went home to the Lord on Sept. 17, 2014.
She and her husband, Newell, moved to Dublin in 1976. She was a familiar face at Bill’s Dollar Store and later at Winn’s and Mott’s.
She is survived by her husband, Newell; a son, Gerald of Weatherford; a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and James Carpenter of Houston; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Erath County.
Danny Hansard, 68, of Dublin died on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Neil Wade officiating. Interment will follow at Barbee Cemetery in Erath County. Visitation will be 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday at Stephenville Funeral home.
He was born on Aug. 2, 1946 in Fort Worth to the late Andrew and Irene Campbell Hansard. He married the love of his life Sherry McLenny on Sept. 2, 1965 in Fort Worth. She preceded him in death on Oct. 30, 2010. Danny has resided in Dublin since 1987, and worked as a ranch hand for several years.
He is survived by his son, Tony Hansard of Fort Worth; daughters, Tammy Dalton of Abilene; Paula Cato and husband Elby of Dublin; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, brother, Jerry Hansard of Hamilton; many adoptive children and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, Hansard was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelley Cato; brother, Tommy Hansard; nephew, Tommy Lee Hansard and granddaughter, Felisha Cato.
Online condolences may be made at www.stephenvillefh.com.