12th Annual Scholarship & Award Luncheon
Community Outreach Coordinator/Public Information Office
Dale Hawkins Long was born in Tuskegee, Alabama to the late Alexander and Gertrude
Long and reared in Birmingham. Following high school he accepted a music scholarship,
becoming a member of the famous "Ocean of Soul" Marching Band of Texas Southern
University, Houston, Texas where he earned the BachelorÊs Degree in 1974.
Dale now resides in Garland, Texas and serves on the Police Chief Advisory Board, Dallas Children's Medical Center Trustee, Dallas County Deputy Voter Registrar, Leadership Dallas Alumni Association and the Garland NAACP. He also volunteers with The Dallas Black Dance Theater, Junior Players and is a Life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. For over three decades he has been a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of North Texas. His Little Brother, his 7th, is seven- year-old Mawntell. At least one of his former little brothers is now a big brother. Dale also serves on the local BBBS board and is the National Chairman of the partnership between BBBSA and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In this capacity he provides leadership in recruiting thousands of volunteer mentors to serve youth throughout the country. He was also instrumental in bringing Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternities on board with national partnership agreements.
Professionally Dale is the Community Outreach Coordinator/Public Information Officer with the City of Dallas, Public Works and Transportation Department, serving as liaison to the community and media in the implementation of the CityÊs 2006, $1.35B Capital Bond Program.
He received the Dallas ChapterÊs Distinguished Alumnus Community Service Award in 2011 for over thirty five years as a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) Lone Star. He has received numerous local and national awards for community service and volunteerism, including the 1989 National Big Brother of the Year and the 2007 Clifford P. Norman National Award for local board participation both from Big Brothers and Sisters of America. He is the only person in the agencyÊs 105 year history to receive both awards. Also in 2007 Dale was nominated for the coveted Dallas Linz Award for community service. For his passion and diligence in working with BBBSA, Dale has been featured in Forbes Magazine, USA Today, Essence Magazine and Ebony Magazine. He was interviewed on the Michael Baisden nationally syndicated radio show and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. He is also listed in the 2011 Class of the GrioÊs 100 by Grio.com.
Dale has had photographs as well as op-ed ads published in the Dallas Morning News, CNN, Ebony and other print and electronic media. Dale has also been a speaker on the national platform, including the National Urban League, Congressional Black Caucus, Sheppard and Altus Air Force Bases, National BBBSA Convention, United Methodist Church General Conference, the Frito-Lay Corp., Southern Methodist University and numerous Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity regional and national conventions.
In 1990 Dale shared the podium at the White House with President George H. Bush as the President announced one of his "Thousand Points of Light Initiatives.‰ In July of 2004, President George W. Bush, during the 40th Anniversary commemoration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, included in his White House speech one of DaleÊs childhood memories of growing up in Birmingham. His story of being a victim in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham is chronicled in the book, "Where I Come From," by Bryan Woolley, published in 2003. In 2002 he was interviewed in the documentary of the FX film, "Sins of the Father".
His hobbies are listening to music, reading, photography and studying local politics. A retired marathoner, he now enjoys fitness workouts and practice Hatha Yoga.
Dale is married to Ellen Scott Long. They are proud parents of two daughters, Kendra Dale, a student at the University of Texas at Arlington and Amber Nichole, a graduate of DaleÊs Alma Mater, Texas Southern University, and a recently matched big sister. He and his family are members of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church, Dallas.
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