Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House and Museum 2618 Project

The Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House and Museum located at 2618 Warren Avenue will open to the public in early 2023. In the spirit of Juanita J. Craft who dedicated her life to fighting for human rights and her belief that individuals should find ways to continuously improve the quality of their life, Community Engagement Coordinator, Kendall Ferguson, collaborated with South Dallas residents to develop The 2618 Project and its core programs: Let’s Get It Started Book Club, Craft Community Club, The Instagram Healthy Choice Food Club and Music of the Civil Rights Listening and Discussion Series.

The 2618 Project encourages participants to make a list of positive lifestyle changes they can do every year to improve the quality of their life. There are small steps everyone can take to make life more enjoyable such as establishing healthy routines, minimizing stress, and learning a new skill.

Join us as a 2618 Project participant! It is free to join and all events are open to the public. Learn valuable new information and improve the quality of your life. Sign up today to receive updates on future activities.

Docent Guided Tours of the House will begin Thursday, June 1, 2023

Tours times are: 12 Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday
***NOTE: Groups touring the Craft House will be divided into clusters of 15

Address: 2618 Warren AvenueΒ  Dallas, TXΒ  75215

For more information on how to become involved, email kendall.ferguson@dallas.gov

2618 Project Programs:

MLK Book Club: Assata

Saturdays – February 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, & April 22 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library

In partnership with the Juanita Craft House and the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, the MLK Book Club is a space to share, connect and learn through a selected book. For this series, we will be reading Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur.

About the book: On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder.

This book club is free with registration with limited seating. We are offering free copies to the first 20 people who register for this event.

GirlTrek: Walking in Juanita Craft’s Footsteps

Saturdays – March 18, April 15, May 20, and June 17 | Walks starts at 9:00 a.m. | Leonhardt Lagoon At Fair Park

Let’s celebrate the achievements of Juanita J. Craft and the NAACP Youth Council by walking in her footsteps on the State Fair grounds! Juanita Jewel Shanks Craft was a woman who would not accept injustice or inequality. Believing that equality and justice were for everyone, she fought for them all her life. By the time she ran for Dallas City Council as a woman of 73, her efforts had already helped change the world.

GirlTrek is a life-saving sisterhood. It is a campaign to heal intergenerational trauma, fight systemic racism and transform Black lives. As women organize walking teams, they also mobilize community members to support advocacy efforts and lead a Civil Rights-inspired health movement.

This event is open to all ages. Registered participants will receive a free t-shirt and handbook.

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