our mission:

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The Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that honors the legacy of Mrs. Kathlyn Joy Gilliam who was one of Dallas’ greatest, most courageous civil rights leaders and a champion for quality education for boys and girls . The Museum will realize Mrs. Gilliam’s vision of:

  • providing a safe and inspiring environment where community members can help build a solid educational foundation for children and youth; and

  • developing community and business leaders for generations to come.

The Museum will be a traditional museum- displaying her awards, books, writings and  photos, while also serving the community as a learning center,  providing a:​

  • Reading Resource Room that will provide students and community members with guided reading programs, computer literacy initiatives and summer reading camps, and

  • Debate Team Training Center that will inspire, teach and instill an appreciation for the written and spoken word, as well as the well researched and reasoned debate.

The Museum will be a space for teaching and learning- inspiring and training a new generation to practice Mrs. Gilliam’s strategies for creating exceptional learning opportunities for youth;  empowering the South Dallas community to renew its greatness and pursue new avenues of community development. 

Reading Room

Reading is the foundation of all learning.  We're dedicated to preparing our youth and community members for success.  


Debate Team

Mastering the art of communication and reasoned debate can open doors to a brighter future.  Find out how you can get involved.


We welcome retired educators and members of the community to work with the Museum and its educational programs.  

Invest in the future of our youth 


Preserving and honoring past achievements provide future generations with inspiration and a blueprint for progress. 

Preserve history; support education and revitalize communities 

Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum

the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum