‘Our Trayvon Martin’: Santos Rodriguez documentary tells story of boy murdered by white Dallas cop

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 18, 2018 Click here to learn more about the Santos Rodriguez Memorial Endowed Scholarship which promotes Human Rights education for emerging leaders and honors the memory of a young boy whose life ended far too soon. Documentary filmmaker Byron Hunter wants to make sure younger generations know crucial elements of Dallas Latino history. He points to the rise and fall of Little Mexico, the significance of Pike Park and the tragic murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez, who was killed Russian-roulette-style by a white Dallas police officer. Hunter, who grew up in Dallas, said he wants to use the upcoming 45th anniversary of Rodriguez’s death as a teachable moment for the community. His latest documentary, Santos Vive, is set to release next [...]

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Dallas Rights Groups Announce Events to Mark 45th Anniversary of Santos Rodriguez Murder

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 15, 2018 Media Contacts: "Santos Vive!": Carole Gayler; csmith@gaylersmith.com Human Rights Dallas; Hadi Jawad (214) 636-7011.   (Dallas, TX) -- The Santos Vive Project, a coalition of North Texas organizations headed by Human Rights Dallas, will mark the 45th anniversary of the chilling murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez on July 24, 1973. A series of events are planned to remember a dark and fateful day in Dallas history. It was 2 o'clock in the morning when police dragged young Santos and his brother David out of their beds, handcuffed them and then drove to a nearby gas station where a vending machine had been robbed the previous day. The brothers denied culpability but Office Darryl Cain was unconvinced. Both boys were placed into the police car, and to scare Santos into confessing, Officer Cain placed his pistol to Santos’ head in a [...]

By | 2018-07-15T18:58:13-08:00 July 15th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dallas Rights Groups Announce Events to Mark 45th Anniversary of Santos Rodriguez Murder

SMU Human Rights ‘Holocaust Poland’ Book Wins Higher-Ed Gold Award for ‘Magnificent’ Content & Design

SMU News Originally Posted: June 27, 2018 NO RESTING PLACE: HOLOCAUST POLAND BOOK’S COMPELLING DESIGN & CONTENT WINS GOLD AWARD FROM INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ADVANCEMENT & SUPPORT OF HIGHER EDUCATION SMU Embrey Human Rights Program's Work Resonates on Global Scale DALLAS (SMU) –  The SMU Embrey Human Rights Program’s new book No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland has won an international Gold Award for “Best Design" from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Circle of Excellence awards recognize outstanding work in advancement initiatives from member institutions in 82 countries. For the 2018 competition, CASE received 3,204 entries in a range of categories, and bestowed only 100 gold honors. No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland was produced to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its “Holocaust Poland” trip – one of the longest running, most comprehensive [...]

By | 2018-06-27T15:03:40-08:00 June 27th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Human Rights ‘Holocaust Poland’ Book Wins Higher-Ed Gold Award for ‘Magnificent’ Content & Design

Second Annual Human Rights Youth Summit Draws Local Students, Educators, and Activists to SMU Campus

Dedman College News Originally Posted: June 22, 2018 The Embrey Human Rights Program welcomes one hundred high school students and educators to campus this weekend for the second annual Human Rights Youth Summit in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. June 23-24, Youth Summit attendees will explore strategies for effective advocacy and develop a human rights network through dynamic workshops, leadership training, and networking opportunities with Dallas community leaders and activists. The summit has expanded since last year’s one-day program to now include an overnight stay on the SMU campus and a second day of activities. "Our annual Youth Summit was launched last year in response to community desire,” says Dr. Brad Klein, Associate Director of the Embrey Human Rights Program and [...]

By | 2018-06-22T12:37:46-08:00 June 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on Second Annual Human Rights Youth Summit Draws Local Students, Educators, and Activists to SMU Campus

“I was hooked from Day One.” Karly Zrake ’18

SMU News Originally Posted: May 8, 2018 Karly Zrake’s degrees will fulfill her lifelong dream to “be the change you want to see in the world.” Karly Zrake came to SMU from her home in San Diego four years ago for one reason: SMU is one of only a handful of universities that offer an undergraduate degree in human rights. She was already discovering her life’s passion at age 7, when the second-grader and her mother developed an educationally enriching program for students with special needs. By eighth grade, Karly was raising money that would allow students with special needs to attend therapeutic music camps. And by high school, she was campaigning against bullying. When Karly collects B.A. degrees in human rights and anthropology from [...]

By | 2018-05-08T10:36:47-08:00 May 8th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on “I was hooked from Day One.” Karly Zrake ’18

Dallas To Build Memorial To Lynching Of Allen Brooks

CBS DFW Originally Posted: April 26, 2017 DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The noon hour along Dallas’ Main Street Thursday afternoon resembled the images of pedestrian hustle and bustle normally seen on the sidewalks of Manhattan or Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. Large crowds of dog walking residents, joggers, tourists and Central Business District workers fill the walkways of Dallas’ center. “It’s really growing,” Gerald Britt shared, as he stood at a crosswalk at Main and Akard. Britt is part of a coalition of Dallas leaders who’ve urged the Dallas City Council to mark and recognize history at the Main and Akard intersection, albeit, violent and tragic history. “There were people here with wives, kids, and grandparents watching and approving the lynching of a Allen Brooks right here. He [...]

By | 2018-04-27T08:14:00-08:00 April 27th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dallas To Build Memorial To Lynching Of Allen Brooks

Dedman College Student Athlete Learning to Make Difference for Human Rights

SMU Mustang Athletics Originally Posted: April 6, 2018 Sophomore human rights major and track star, India Simmons is making a difference both locally and abroad!  For SMU track and field athlete India Simmons, a passion of hers was kindled early in life. Her grandmother, an avid reader, would often read books on human right's topics such as the Holocaust. Naturally, those books found their way into Simmons' hands. From there, Simmons' desire to work for others has only grown stronger. "My grandmother loved to read. When I was in elementary school, (those books) were my first knowledge of human rights," Simmons said. "When I got older, the experiences I had with race or gender made me mad. I always wanted to do something about it to [...]

By | 2018-04-13T06:19:52-08:00 April 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Dedman College Student Athlete Learning to Make Difference for Human Rights

North Texas Student Creates App to Prevent Texting While Driving

NBC5 Originally Posted: April 8, 2018 A Carrollton woman studying at Southern Methodist University created an app in hopes of reducing the amount of people texting while driving. “Just Drive” was created by Neha Husein, a junior at SMU. Husein was rear ended by a driver who was texting a few years ago and began a search to find a way to prevent accidents like hers from happening to others. “Ever since then I’m so paranoid when I drive. I just constantly feel like people are texting, and I am going to get bumped into because people aren’t paying attention,” Husein said. She decided to make the “Just Drive” app while doing a class project when she was studying abroad in South Africa. WATCH

By | 2018-04-10T09:55:34-08:00 April 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on North Texas Student Creates App to Prevent Texting While Driving

Dallas Doing Good: Tiffany Jelke: In Their Own Voices

Dallas Doing Good Originally Posted: March 26, 2018 "There are good people everywhere." Tiffany Jelke didn't waver in her declaration. It was a truth that she had seen, lived, and heard. But that truth wasn't easily earned. As a child, Tiffany's mother brought her on global adventures, visiting cities in Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Interacting with people from so many different cultures broadened Tiffany's worldview. Her interest in people led to beginning her college career as a Psychology major at Texas Christian University in the early 90's. But rather than finishing her degree, Tiffany earned a certification from the American Institute of Commerce. This move opened doors for Tiffany at EDS, the one-time tech giant started by Ross Perot. Tiffany funneled her love for [...]

By | 2018-03-30T07:38:53-08:00 March 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on Dallas Doing Good: Tiffany Jelke: In Their Own Voices

Watch: SMU Alumnus Kelvin Beachum honored his former mentor with a gift a $100,000 dollars to the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage

SMU News Originally Posted: March 14, 2018 SMU alum Kelvin Beachum honored his former mentor Dennis Simon with a gift of $100,000 to the university to help fund the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage. The trip has been renamed the Dennis Simon Endowed Civil Rights Pilgrimage as a tribute to the political science professor who guided the pilgrimage from 2008 to 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEx0UYxb_FQ    

By | 2018-03-21T07:58:02-08:00 March 21st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on Watch: SMU Alumnus Kelvin Beachum honored his former mentor with a gift a $100,000 dollars to the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage
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