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Widening the Circle in North Texas:
The Roots of White Supremacy - Part 2
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NTUUC Webinar
Thursday, February 24, 7:00 PM, CDT


Here is the recording of the event:




Ed Gray, Dallas County Justice Initiative
Bob Ray Sanders, Journalist
Carrie Stewart, Moderator

Did you miss Part One of this discussion?

You can watch a video of the first webinar here.


Bob Ray SandersBob Ray Sanders
Bob Ray Sanders, Journalist

Bob Ray Sanders' journalism career spanned more than four decades and three media: newspaper, television and radio. In 2015 he retired as Associate Editor and Senior Columnist from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the newspaper where he began his professional career. As a young journalist with the paper, he served as courthouse reporter and political writer before leaving to begin a distinguished career in broadcasting.

He joined KERA-TV in 1972 as a reporter for the station's innovative Newsroom program. Sanders later served as vice president/station manager of KERA-TV, and host and producer of the station's award-winning program, News Addition.

A 1969 graduate of North Texas State University, Sanders is past president of the Press Club of Fort Worth. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Dallas/Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists. He currently serves on the advisory board of Community Hospice of Texas, the AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth and Goodwill Industries.

He has served as “Professional in Residence” in the Journalism Department of Texas Christian University, where he taught the course, “Race, Gender and Mass Media.”

Sanders has received some of journalism's most prestigious awards, among them: five awards from the Houston, New York and Chicago film festivals, five Dallas Press Club KATIE Awards, three Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards; a regional Emmy Award; a National Association of Black Journalists award for Best TV Sports Feature, and a National Headliner Award for outstanding investigative reporting.

Other honors include: "Ethics Award" from the TCU Journalism Department; Distinguished Alumni Award, Fort Worth Independent School District; induction into the "Hall of Honor," University of North Texas Journalism Department; induction in the Texas Literary Hall of Fame; an honorary doctorate degree from Jarvis Christian College and the "Thomas Jefferson Liberty Award" from the Dallas Civil Liberties Union. In 2017 he was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the National Black Journalists Association.

He is married to Dorothy Brown-Sanders. They have one son, Chandon.


Ed Gray portrait 320Bob Ray Sanders
Ed Gray, Dallas County Justice Initiative

Ed Gray was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from the Dallas Independent School schools in 1980. As a high school student, he worked as a Congressional Intern in Washington, D. C. and as an Intern to the Assistant Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School Districl. After graduating from David W. Carter High School he enrolled in El Centro Community College and graduated in 1986 with an Associate of Arts in Applied Sciences degree. During this time, he was nominated for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, based on his educational achievement and his works in the Human Rights field, primarily regarding his efforts to dismantle South African apartheid.

Majoring in Sociology and minoring in Political Science, Ed Gray began his study at Southern Methodist University from 1986-1989. During this time, he began his career as a civic volunteer in the cities of Dallas, Arlington, Grand Prairie, as well as the Arlington School District and the Grand Prairie Independent School District.

His community involvement led him back to SMU where he volunteered as an alumni mentor to African-American students. Partnering with the 100 Hundred Black Men of Greater Dallas, Gray co-sponsored a program for the retention of African-American male scholars and received his Master of Liberal Studies in American History from SMU in 2013

Gray is currently enrolled in the Doctoral of Liberal Studies program at Southern Methodist University, researching environmental inequities in Dallas’ communities of color and its access to environmental justice.

Ed Gray remains active in the community and in his family. He is a husband, father of four, and grandfather of three. Gray currently has been employed at the telecommunication/information company ATT for over forty years (1980-present), is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and is active as a political consultant through Ed Gray and Associates. Gray is a former political commentator on WFAA “Inside Texas Politics” and currently hosts his radio show, “The Commish Radio Show,”  as well as writing weekly columns which are published throughout the United States.

Carrie StewartCarrie Stewart
Carrie Stewart, Moderator
As the Owner and Principal of One World Consulting, Carrie Stewart has served various communities an organizations in their quest for greater understanding, inclusion and appreciation of diverse individuals and groups. She brings nearly three decades of experience in equity, inclusion and diversity through training, facilitation, coaching, dialogue convening and leadership development. Additionally, Carrie is an advanced trained Mediator, and works in conflict transformation, and community and family engagement to find common ground.

As an Intercultural Communication Consultant, she is a knowledge expert on navigating through cultures and for the last five years has applied this to the Global Mobility Industry supporting relocating employees. A lifelong UU, Carrie has been a child, youth, member, and friend of 13 congregations in 6 districts.  She served as a SWUUC and Southern Region Consultant specializing in anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism, conflict transformation, leadership, Compassionate Communication and Healthy Congregations, and was awarded the James T. Brown Antiracism Award.  Additionally, she served on the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee of the UUA (garnered the President’s Award for Volunteer Service 2021), UU Allies for Racial Equality Steering Committee, SWUUC Board, and was a DBLE Staff member for several years.

Carrie Stewart currently serves on the UUA Nominating Committee, the Racial Equity Task Force and Adult Ministries Council of First Unitarian Church of Dallas.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Smith College, and a master’s in Communication from Rutgers University.

Carrie and her spouse, Fred Ditmars are empty nesters, having raised two, third generation UUs, now an artist and medical school student, in Colleyville, TX where they enjoy movies, theater, music, travel, when they can as empty-nesters.