By the time she died in December 2011, Kathlyn Gilliam's reputation as a pioneering civil rights advocate had been tarnished somewhat by her role, cemented during 23 years on the DISD board of trustees, in establishing the race-obsessed bureaucracy that has long since stopped benefiting the district or its students.
But that wasn't erase the decades of good work she did as a community activist and education reformer who served for decades on the front lines of the battle to integrate Dallas schools. It was that legacy that led Dallas ISD to name a collegiate preparatory academy in her honor and prompted fond remembrances from community leaders and Schutze.
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Now, the city could make the South Dallas home she lived in for most of her adult life a historic landmark. It's a modest one-story affair at 3717 Wendelkin Street built in 1921 but well kept. The Landmark Commission will meet on Wednesday to discuss whether to grant the designation.