African American Facts
- In 2010, the African American population in Dallas was 25%
- In 2014, there was a 13.2% growth of African American population in Dallas
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Founded in 1976, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre focuses on inspiring minority youth to express their creativity through the art of dance. Now in their 39th year, the seasonal calendar focuses on contemporary modern dance performances and offers student matinees to showcase their youngest talent at various venues throughout the Dallas Arts District.
African American Museum
Explore and enjoy the history, architecture and art found at the African American Museum in Fair Park. The museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern region and includes one of the largest collections of African American folk art in the country. Start in the African Art exhibit to see textiles, gold weights and masks, then stop by the Folk Art Collection or check out one of the museum's many traveling exhibitions.
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc.
Founded in the 1970s, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc. was established to create awareness and understanding of African American accomplishments and contributions to dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual arts. The academy is comprised of two theatres and has been the launching pad for local artists like Grammy winner Erykah Badu and Emmy Award winner Regina Taylor. Now in their 39th season, the academy puts on a dynamic schedule of live music and theater performances each year.
Juanita Craft Civil Rights House
Embrace history as you walk through the home of civil rights leader Juanita Craft, the first African American woman to vote in Dallas and serve on the City Council in 1975. The house is one of only three museums in the country honoring major female figures in the modern civil rights movement and showcases memorabilia pieces from the time, including photos, documents and original picket line signs used by Craft.
Freedman's Cemetery Memorial
Visit a piece of Dallas history at the Freedman's Cemetery Memorial in Uptown. The site was once known as "Freedman's" town, a place where African Americans could gather during the slavery era. With an arched granite gate at the memorial entrance and beautiful bronze statues designed by artist David S. Newton, the site is the burial place of the city's first African American citizens.
South Dallas Cultural Center
Experience the African American culture that embodies Dallas at the South Dallas Cultural Center. The center is well known for its summer programming that includes both adult and kid classes such as Brazilian dance and hip hop poetry. The center also includes a 120-seat box theatre used for movie nights, concerts and dance festivals and the Arthello Beck gallery, a visual arts space that features a different artist each month.
African American restaurants
No matter the taste, Dallas has you covered. Head to South Dallas Café for bursting flavors of southern classics like fried chicken, sweet potato casserole and collard greens. Be sure to save room for dessert – the banana pudding is too good to miss. For a barbecue outing, visit Babbs Brothers BBQ and Blues in Trinity Groves for juicy ribs or spicy sausage. Get your grub on and enjoy entertainment from local artists every Saturday in this casual, cafeteria-style restaurant that will make you feel right at home. In the Cedar/Southside district, enjoy live music and entertainment as you indulge in the delicious dishes at Ten Eleven Grill. Looking for great seafood and BBQ? Two Podners is the way to go! This Fair Park staple is known for its catfish as well as its family-style meals, perfect for a big group to enjoy.