The Grand Prairie Baha'i Faith Community
honored a handful of community leaders Saturday for their efforts to
promote racial unity.
The group thanked representatives from the city, NAACP Branch
No. 6260 in Grand Prairie, the League of United Latin American Citizens
and First United Methodist Church - for helping forge cooperative
ties within the community.
"We've come a long way," said Deputy City Manager Don Wilson, one
of the four honored during Saturday's banquet. "But we've got a lot
more to go. You can't conquer the world in one day. We're not just
talking about the Baha'i faith - we're talking
about individuals like you and me."
The local Baha'i chapter, which has about
70 members, has had nearly a dozen community meetings over the last year or
so to discuss racial unity.
"Religion is supposed to bring everyone together," member Mahrooz
Maddela said. "Our main goal is to unify the world."
The four honored Saturday - which also included local NAACP
President Ollie Dailey, LULAC secretary Esmerelda Rodriguez and the Rev. Pat
Thrasher of First United Methodist Church - stepped up when needed,
"When we ask, 'Can you please help us?' they've done that and
so we want to thank them," said Baha'i
assembly chairman Roland Maddela.
"Even though they're not Baha'i, they still
have the same goals."
Mr. Dailey said he found the dialogues helpful.
"You learn things about individuals that you might've not seen,
" he said. "It gives you a better perception of where they're
And such cooperation is crucial to success, Dr. Maddela said.
"One group cannot do it alone," he said.
Baha'i writings during a race unity luncheon.
MARINA MARTINEZ / Arlington Morning News, Having faith in racial unity: Local Baha'is thankleaders for helping strengthen community ties. , The Dallas Morning News, 05-20-2001, pp 4Y.
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