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Black & Blue is Born
19051961
1905

Bishop College relocates from Marshall Texas to Dallas, Texas

Black & Blue Opens Shop
19051963
1905

President John F. Kennedy announces a White House initiated $50 million fundraising campaign to support Negro Colleges that includes Bishop College

A Symbol of New York
19051964
1905

Bishop launches $1,845,000 campaign to build Zale Library that will later house the Museum of African American Life & Culture and a chapel that will host many performances

James D`Aquisto starts as an Apprentice
19051966
1905

Bishop Dance Group directed by Sioux Collins presents “Orchesis” in public event.

Black & Blue dies of Heart Failure
19051968
1905

Mrs. Ann Williams joins the faculty and starts a dance program

Black & Blue Live On
19051971
1905

Ford Foundation awards Bishop College $1.5 million to expand Bishop’s reach in Dallas community

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Timeline

1961- Bishop College relocates from Marshall Texas to Dallas, Texas
9/63- President John F. Kennedy announces a White House initiated $50 million fundraising campaign to support Negro Colleges that includes Bishop College
7/64- Bishop launches $1,845,000 campaign to build Zale Library that will later house the Museum of African American Life & Culture and a chapel that will host many performances
4/66- Bishop Dance Group directed by Sioux Collins presents “Orchesis” in public event.
1/67- Bishop College choir performs for National Council of Churches at the Adolphus Hotel Roof Garden
4/67- Bishop launches $225,000 local fund drive
9/67- Bishop budget exceeds $5 million and student enrollment exceeds 2,000
1968- Mrs. Ann Williams joins the faculty and starts a dance program
2/68- Acclaimed vocalist Nina Simone performs on Bishop campus
5/68- Harrison Players reactivate and present first play in Dallas under direction of Ethel Glenn
1969- Funk band sensation Soul Seven is formed by Bishop Assistant Band Director Wendell Sneed
4/69- Bishop students participate in first Black Arts Festival sponsored by the Association of Advancing Artists & Writers held in South Dallas and benefiting a proposed cultural center in South Dallas.
2/70- Award-winning Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks visits Bishop
8/70- Poet Tom Weatherley becomes writer-in-residence at Bishop
1971- Professors Ann Williams, Dr. J. Harrison Wilson, Arthur Allen and Joyce Bell submit funding proposal to Ford Foundation to enhance cultural programs for Bishop and the Dallas community
10/71- Ford Foundation awards Bishop College $1.5 million to expand Bishop’s reach in Dallas community
2/72-Hollywood Actor Roscoe Lee Browne visits campus
2/73- Bishop College Dance Troupe, directed by Ann Williams presents public concert at Dallas Public Library
2/73- Bishop College Dance Troupe performs for Black History Week event off campus
1974-Dr. Harry Robinson joins the staff of Bishop College as Head Librarian
1974- Museum of African American Life & Culture founded by Dr. Robinson on Bishop campus; Dr. David Driskell guest speaker at the grand opening
4/75- Renowned prize-winning author Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander is in residence at Bishop
11/75- Bishop professor Dr. Rhett James brings Chuck Davis African Dance Company to Dallas
1976- Dallas Black Dance Theatre founded by Ann Williams on Bishop campus;
1976-Bishop starts after school program that reaches over 100 children and introduces them to dance, music, and theater
2/76-The Fine Arts Lyceum Committee chaired by Dr. J. Harrison Wilson sponsors a screening of “Sounder” off campus at Cine 11 in North Dallas.
1977- Ann Williams leaves Bishop to start South Dallas Dance Academy located in South Dallas at Hatcher & Rose St.
10/78- Museum of African American Life & Culture curator Edward Grady coordinates art activities for the citywide Harambee Festival
1979- Museum of African American Life & Culture receives its 501C3 status
1979- Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to Bishop campus
4/81- National Conference of Artists annual meeting at Bishop College
2/82- Bishop College Mscenzi Club performs a jazz concert as a part of a citywide Black History Month celebration
1988- Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Museum of African American Life & Culture relocate
1988-Bishop College closes
Partial List of artists visiting Bishop 1968-1982
Nina Simone
Eartha Kitt
Nancy Wilson
Lou Rawls
Lionel Hampton
Ike & Tina Turner
Gladys Knight 7 the Pips
Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis
Roscoe Lee Browne
Clarence Muse
Rex Ingram
Alex Haley
Dr. Margaret Walker-Alexander
Nikki Giovanni
Alice Walker
Maya Angelou
Tom Weatherley
Gwendolyn Brooks
Keorapetse Kgositsile
John Biggers
David Driskell
Eleo Pomare
Alvin Ailey
Arthur Mitchell
Chuck Davis
Pearl Primus

Timeline of Black & Blue

Black & Blue: Cultural Oasis in the Hills

15 commemorative markers honoring the rich cultural heritage of Bishop College
Black & Blue: Cultural Oasis in the Hills celebrates Bishop College’s role in the intellectual and cultural life of Dallas through a series of historical markers commemorating important people and moments, including an interactive web and app component, featuring photographs, a timeline and video interviews. Bishop College was a historically black college founded in Marshall, Texas in 1881 that moved to southern Dallas in 1961 and closed in 1988. The campus is now occupied by Paul Quinn College.

To develop her project, nationally recognized Dallas artist Vicki Meek worked with former Bishop College faculty and alumni, and members of the Highland Hills and Singing Hills neighborhoods around the school. Bishop College played a significant role in the development of academic and cultural life in Dallas, giving birth to important cultural institutions such as the African American Museum and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Meek describes the motivation behind her work as a desire “to reclaim African American history, restore our collective memory and illuminate critical issues affecting the Black community through visual communication.”

Bishop College

Dallas, TX

Enjoy some Malik Dillard music while you journey through the slideshow of Bishop College.

THE SLIDESHOW

Jo Long Williams
..so many people came from Bishop, who were not just talented artistically, but they we're people who we're invested culturally in black people moving forward
Roger Boykin
...English literature was perfect for what I would become later, which is a song writer. And with the music background and the literature background; It was perfect!
Edleeca Thompson
I could feel the energy of people that visited the campus, and the impact that a lot of the writers, dancers and performers had on campus.
Ann Williams
& Harry Robinson
"It was one of the best times of my life!... TCU was bringing in Arthur Mitchell, and I was forming an association with them. He was the one who really encouraged me to start my own dance company" - Ann Williams

"Milton Curry, he was a renaissance man. The second time I was here, he sent for me... he knew my resume, but he asked, 'I want to know. What are you going to do for this community when you come here?'". So I came here with that in mind. What can we do to energize this community.- Harry Robinson
Beverly Lyle-Brooks
& Linda Searight
"If you wanted Black talent, Bishop College was where you had to come. I remember auditioning for a Chrysler commercial and I got a role in a Dallas Theater Center play starring Rex Ingram!" - Beverly

"I came in ’66... I was able to do concerts with the Dallas Symphony and I got to study with the famous opera singer Jennie Tourel right on my campus..." - Linda
Black & Blue
Black & Blue
Citadel of Wisdom
Citadel of Wisdom
Dr Milton Curry Jr
Dr. Milton Curry, Jr.
Gifts from GOD
Gifts from GOD

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Paul Quinn College
3837 Simpson Stuart Rd, Dallas, TX ‎
(214) 376-1000
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2001 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 242-5100
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