In 2017, The Dallas Morning News began its occasional series, “Hidden History,” to bring greater awareness to the phenomenal history of minorities in North Texas. Joyce King contributed several installments for this groundbreaking series. Because of her work on these incredible figures in Texas history, Joyce was invited, by Remembering Black Dallas, Inc., and the Dallas Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, to do a presentation for the city’s Task Force on Confederate Monuments.
Joyce was asked about Jasper and capturing the legal history of a hate crime. She told the panel an inclusive history that educates people on the true story of America, with its Trail of Tears and slavery, a Civil War, Jim Crow, lynching, convict-leasing, and more, is the way forward. Teaching an incomplete or watered-down history ignores the import and impact of everything from black codes to the current system of mass incarceration. The ignorance of a more inclusive history—with its beauty and blemishes—is simply a recipe for greater pain.
Joyce reminded task force members that Dallas is in a position to be a model city for improved race relations and social-economic justice by being willing to acknowledge and atone. We must teach history so that it is never hidden from anyone. State education boards across America need to have members who will vote for truth instead of comfort or erasure.
These ‘Hidden History’ pieces have garnered close to five million likes and been shared countless times on social media.
Each of these pieces has surpassed the ‘1 Million Readers’ mark. Now, Joyce King hopes people will join the campaign to ‘BUY HATE, SHOW LOVE’ and secure a million readers for a book that was judged for its cover, not its content.