The South Central Civic League was founded in 1948, under the auspices of the Dallas Negro Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Laurabelle Foster was the Founder and served as the President, and her husband Mr. Foster served as Vice President. The South Central Civic League was instrumental in the completion of many projects that benefited the neighborhood, including the addition of paved streets, better schools, the installation of street lights, and sewer line extensions; their main goal was to improve living conditions for local families.
The South Central Civic League is still dedicated to making improvements in the community, and ensuring that the residents are taken care of in the process. The leadership today, is just has committed and dedicated to the well being of the citizens as the Foster's were 70 years ago.
In 2015 alone, the S.C.C.L. was able to host Joppee's first ever "City Council Forum," where 7of 8 of the Dallas City Council Candidates for 2015 were in attendance. The league partnered with the Kathy Sunshine Outreach Center to host a "Teen Summit," for our youth, that was successful! The Juneteenth Celebration in Joppee this year, was hosted by Sir Vince Academy, Inc. and the South Central Civic League, where they celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The advisory committee of the South Central Civic League attended and spoke at the Dallas City Council Meeting in August, addressing concerns with the newly elected City Councilwoman, Tiffinni A. Young. Later that month, Joppee celebrated with the City of Dallas a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, celebrating the newly built Spray Park.
October 2016, Joppee had its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, being recognized as a Historical Site; The true history of this quaint community has been revealed. Dozens of newspaper articles reflect the history of Joppee.
In 2017, the S.C.C.L. hosted several events from City Council Candidate Forums, Spring Break Activities, Juneteenth In Joppee, Back 2 School Back Pack Drive, National Night Out, Christmas In The Park, and Christmas at Skyline Ranch. Our focus for 2018 is "Marching Joppee Forward."
In January 2018, community leader's joined together and formed the "Joppa Leadership Coalition." This Coalition is comprised of the: South Central Civic League, Joppa Ministerial Alliance, Kathy Sunshine Outreach Center, and Invest Joppa. This coalition successfully negotiated a 1.6 million dollar investment for the community, that was negatively influenced and impacted by District 7's present council person; Felder. Efforts are ongoing by the coalition, to ensure that the community maintains its rich history, as well as obtain adequate resources to ensure Joppee is included in 21st Century living.
Join us the last Tuesday of EVERY month for our Community/ Crime Watch; 7:00pm at the Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church at 4802 Burma Rd. right in the community. There you will meet the officers and the community, speaking about crime watch concerns, Union Pacific, City of Dallas, Animal Services, Code Compliance and more.
The South Central Civic League:
Celebrates 70 Years