Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas

The students in the Cultural Formations/Religious Studies course Latino/Latina Religions are conducting research on the history of the Walt Humann and T. Boone Pickens Community Center at Jubilee Park and its surrounding neighborhood. The center, near the Fair Park area of Dallas, was founded by Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in 1997 and serves a diverse population. Through their research, students hope to learn more about the ways religious organizations impact local communities, and about the changing landscapes that have formed Dallas over the years. At the culmination of the project in December, students will present their findings in a presentation at the Jubilee Park Center, www.jubileecenter.org

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From Big Tex to personal testimonies

An update from Sergio, a senior majoring in communication studies and Spanish:

Learning about Jubilee Park this semester is an extraordinary experience. I find it fascinating that there are community centers that serve their community to the full extent.

In our class we were divided into small groups and each given a task to research. My group ended up with the historical section of Jubilee Park. The history alone was fascinating. I’m not a Dallas native, so everything including the significance of Big Tex to that area was new to me.

I’ve learned how much the Fair Park area has changed, especially the demographics. I’ve spoken to individuals who testify to the wonderful opportunities Jubilee Park offers to them and their families. Testimonies such as the ones I’ve heard enhance the project in a positive manner because I know I’m working with an organization that devoutly serves its community and has the community’s best interest at heart.

What I hope to continue to accomplish throughout this project is learning more about its rich history and how much the area has changed throughout the years.

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