Anderson school has dimmed
The closing of Pearl C. Anderson Middle School Learning Center in South Dallas several years ago depressed an already depressed area. The building has now become a canvas for graffiti artists.
Pearl C. Anderson received national recognition when, in 1954, she deeded a tract of land valued at $350,000 to the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund. The essence of her philanthropy is best captured in one of her favorite phrases: “What you keep is what you use, but what you give is what you have.”
She insisted that her funds be used without regard to race or creed. The Dallas ISD honored her when the school was named for her. Now the school building that bears her name, once a beacon of light, is gradually becoming a beacon of blight.
Robert E. Edison, Pleasant Grove