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Marshall native to be honored at Dallas event

Feb. 17, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Joseph J. Rhoads

In celebration of Black History Month, Southwest Center Mall in Dallas will honor Dr. Joseph J. Rhoads at 3 p.m. Sunday in the 2017 Local Legends Celebration.

Rhoads, born in Marshall in 1890, was a noted educator, administrator, author and advocate for civil rights. He fought for equality of opportunity for all citizens and equal salaries for black teachers in Texas, a release on his life said.

Rhoads held numerous positions as teacher and school administrator from Texas to Alabama before becoming principal of Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas from 1923-1929, and appointed to the presidency of Bishop College in Marshall in 1929.

Rhoads was the first African-American president of Bishop College and the author of Democracy's Debt of Honor, Democracy in Education, Charting the New Year, and Advancing the Cause of Democracy in Education.

This event honors individuals who have been a catalyst for change and positive influence in the Dallas community. He is joined by other Dallas history makers - Ernest Banks, Joyce Ann Brown, Connie Davis, Mattie Nash and Dr. C. B.T. Smith.

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