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COVID-19 claims life of Tarrant County education pioneer

FORT WORTH, Texas – A pioneer of education in Tarrant County is being remembered by those who are most proud of his dedication to others.

In his own words recorded six years ago by the organization he co-founded, Dr. Dennis Dunkins revealed his passion for educational equality, particularly within the Fort Worth Independent School District.

“I just love the fact that I have this opportunity,” he said. “One of the major struggles in establishing TABSE was to make people believe we were real, that we really were serious about what we were trying to do.”

The Texas Alliance of Black School Educators was established in 1987. It now has more than 1,000 members and 15 affiliates throughout Texas.

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Dunkins died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19, prompting an avalanche of recognition in his memory.

“He made sure we were equitable in preserving traditional African American communities like Morningside, like Stop Six with great African American leadership,” said Tobi Jackson, a Fort Worth ISD school board member.

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