• Let’s Do It Big, Back To School Rally

    We’ve partnered with the City of Wilmer, Texas AD-HOC Committee to host the Let’s Do It Big, Back To School Rally! This epic rally will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 starting at 9 AM. This will be a family-friendly event open to all residents of Wilmer, Texas.

  • Supporting the ACLU

    Last month, I saw the film Loving, based on the events that lead to the decision in
    Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. I learned the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) played a pivotal role in righting this injustice.

    One of the reasons I founded the Blackburn Foundation is to foster community development. We do this primarily via our academic pep rallies. The ACLU does so by ensuring that all members of our community are included. I’m not a lawyer, so the odds of me helping in court are pretty low. I do, however, have a bit of cash which I have now shared with the ACLU. I fear their services will be needed, now more than ever, given the current political/social climate.

  • Harry Stone Presentation

    On April 30, I presented to eighth graders at Harry Stone Montessori on the topic of “Get Out of Your Comfort Zone.” This bit of advice has literally carried me around the world so I felt it was the best advice to give to the students as they move on to high school and college. We also discussed giving back to the community and, in keeping in line with this message, the Foundation raffled four $50 gift cards…with a catch—the recipients had to spend at least half of the card on someone else. I drew this idea from a recent TED talk entitled How to Buy Happiness which basically says you buy happiness by giving the money away.

  • Dallas Reads on 11-11-11

    On November 11, 2011, Dallas ISD will participate in 11.11.11, a literacy campaign conceived by Dr. Lew Blackburn, and initiated by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, designed to have every elementary student in the district spend 11 minutes reading a book or publication.  On that day, at 11:11 a.m., district staff and high school students will join a host of volunteers from the business community, service organizations and others to read with and to elementary students throughout the district.

  • A New Way to Support the Foundation

    We have received numerous donations in support of last week’s academic pep rally; and, for these donations, I thank you all. We now have a new and exciting way for you to support our efforts via Amazon.com. Simply click the link and up to 10% of your purchase during your visit will be donated to the Blackburn Foundation. Don’t worry: the cost of your purchase will not increase!

  • Founder's Message

    I come from a family of educators including my grandmother, father, aunts, and an uncle. My family has always instilled the value of education. We earned our allowances by making good grades. I have fond memories of my grandfather rewarding my cousins and me with money for our good grades. As we grew older, we no longer needed cash incentives to excel academically because we were able to see for ourselves that education is the key to fulfilling our dreams, whatever they may be. We also learned that education is a life-long endeavor that does not stop with high school or even an undergraduate degree. To date, members of my family have earned a combined total of one Ph.D., four M.B.A. degrees, and expect to have another Ph.D. completed within the next few years.

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