the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum

Board of Directors

       Constance A. Harris,

        President


        Edward. C. Gilliam,

        Vice-President


        M. Lorraine Parson,

        Secretary/Treasurer


        Dr. Stanton E. Lawrence, Sr.

        Dr. Terry Flowers

        Henry "Hank" Lawson

       

Education Advocate & Community Activist 

The late Kathlyn Joy Gilliam was a wife and mother of three.  She found her calling as a community and education activist in her pursuit to better educate her children.  She is most notably remembered for her 23 years as a trustee of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD).  Upon her election in 1974, she became the first African-American female trustee and was the first African-American to lead as Board President during the 1980-1982 term.  Mrs. Gilliam was known in the community as a champion for public school education, especially aiming to eliminate educational disparities for youth located in heavily populated minority neighborhoods.  Even before her tenure as a DISD trustee, she was a political activist, serving as the president of the then segregated Dallas City Council PTA school board in the 1960s and as the secretary of the Texas Congress of Colored PTAs in the 1970s.  She also was one of the many plaintiffs in a leading federal case to desegregate Dallas public schools and a founding member of the Political Congress of African-American Women. 


Gilliam’s advocacy in the Dallas educational movement was honored when the school board voted in October 2011 to name a school after her- the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy.  Gilliam’s passions also included her love of her beloved community- South Dallas, where she resided for nearly most of her 81 years.  She was a founder of the Clean South Dallas/Fair Park, Inc.- a litter abatement and beautification project, and other countless movements in the South Dallas area.  Mrs. Gilliam championed the citizens of South Dallas and believed in the majesty and restoration of the community.​

  

Advisory Committee

     

      Carla Ranger

      Marcus Ranger

      Bonnie Edison

      Robert Edison

      Brian Daniel, Sr.

      Lueretha J. Slack

      Lucy Livingston

      Courtney Myers

      Aiesha Graves

      Shirley Higgs

      Alicia Peoples

      Stephanie Johnson

​      Steven Harris

      Brandon Daniel

       

Museum Curator    

      Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, 

      Chair, Department of History

      University of Texas at Arlington

​  Our Leadership


The Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum has gathered a diverse and impressive group of residents to serve on its board and advisory committee- all knowledgeable, dedicated and passionate about bringing the Museum and learning center to life.  They believe in the importance of preserving our local heroes’ legacies, improving education and being apart of revitalizing South Dallas for its residents and all of the Dallas Metroplex. The future of the Kathyln Joy Gilliam Museum and Learning Center is in the hands of highly capable leadership.


October 16, 1930 - December 11, 2011

Kathlyn Joy Gilliam