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are in violation of the Housing
Code will be eligible for grants or
low-interest loans to make improvements. (Arrangements will
be made for families displaced
because of demolition or repair of
their homes.) Capital im-
. provements (such as street lights
I and drainage facilities) may be
constructed if they are not
already in the city's Capital
Improvement Plan. Empty lots
will be mowed and cleared.
As liaison between the Mayor
and Palmer Bowser of Manpower, Dr. Dixon is involved in
job development and job
placement programs, training
programs, vocational guidance
services for youngsters and
adults, and a guidance and job-
development program for ex-
offenders (New Directions).
With Dr. Randall of the Health
Department, she helps to coordinate the city's maternity
clinics, home nursing services,
emergency medical services,
programs fcr alcoholics,
pollution-control programs, the
free dental clinic at 2020 Solo,
and many other health-related
Before she accepted the job of
Executive Assistant to the
Mayor, Dr. Dixon taught for
many years in the Sociology
Department at Texas Southern
University. With others, she
helped to develop urban studies
programs at TSU and was the
first Director of TSU's Urban
Resources Center. She helped to
create the University's Year for
Action Program, which oversees
internships in community service
for students. She has been
Director of Facilities Planning
and Vice President for Urban
Programming at TSU. Because
of the work of Dr. Dixon and
others, the university has been
designated a special-purpose
institution for urban studies by
the Texas Legislature, and is
funded by the State for those
programs. Today urban studies is
one of the most important studies
While working at TSU, she was
active as a volunteer in community projects. For many
years, she planned programs and
raised funds for the Eliza
Johnson Home for the Aged at
10010 Cullen. She was a volunteer
director of programs for youth at
the YWCA's Blue Triangle
Branch. She's one of the founders
of the Negro Community Council
of Houston and Harris County, a
community service society.
Politically active, she is a
member of the Harris County
Council of Organizations.
Dr. Dixon holds a B.S. in Home
Economic from Prairie View and
an M.S. from the University of
Minnesota in Textiles Research.
When she felt stymied in her
teaching work for lack of a
doctorate, she obtained a D. Ed.
Degree in Administration in
Higher Education from Texas
For a year after she graduated
from Prairie View, she worked as
a secretary. Since that time, she
says, she has never stopped
working. She had full-time help in
raising her son, Thomas E. Dixon
HI, before he went to elementary
school. He's now 19 and a freshman at Yale, and says he wants
to go to law school. Dr. Dixon's
husband Thomas teaches in the
public schools in Washington,
In making any policy decision,
Dr. Dixon explains, planners
should be aware that all aspects
of the city are intermeshed and
that an action in one area of
urban life affects other areas.
Speaking very broadly of her
goals in working for the City, Dr.
Dixon says she wants' to
"humanize the mind-sets" of the
decision-makers. She feels that
they too often think of solutions to
social problems in terms of
"hardware" and they too often
seek answers that do not go to the
roots of problems.
Kathryn Hooker is an employee
of the City of Houston Parks and
Recreation Department. She is a
What do men want?
Dr. Dixon wants to "humanize the mindsets" of the decisionmakers. "Consider the child who is left alone at home," she says. "She
may brush against a flame and fire may break out. The decision
makers may see more fire fighters as the solution. But they should
ask: why wasn't child care available for that family?"
Dr. Hortense Dixon, Executive
Assistant to the Mayor of
Houston, presents the key to the
city to Dr. Dorothy I. Height,
National President of the
National Council of Negro
Women at the Bethune Centennial Dinner held at the
Shamrock Hilton last month.
Seated at the table are (1 to r)
Zoia Jones, general co-
chairperson of the dinner, Dr.
Height, and the Honorable
Barbara C. Jordan, keynote
Mary Jo Risher, whose nine-
year-old son was taken away by a
Dallas jury the day after
Christmas, is beginning a
national campaign to finance an
appeal in the custody battle now
drawing national attention.
Contributions for the appeal
can be sent to Friends of Mary Jo
Risher, P. O. Box 174, Dallas,
European Skin Care/Hair Rerroval/Make-up
Ms. Terry Higgs
401 Avondale/Houston, Texas 77006
At Fast Eddie's Haircut Parfor/(713) 526-7555
In the recent film "Oklahoma
Crude", a beleagured Faye
Dunaway shouted to George C.
Scott, "It's not easy for a woman
in this world."
Replied George C: "It ain't so
great for a man, either!"
Well, now there's the men's
Growing throughout the
country, the movement now
boasts two national groups:
Men's Awareness Network,
which maintains communication
among the 20 men's groups
across the country, and the Men's
Action Network, which is involved in promoting the issues of
men's liberation through
demonstrations and rallies.
Hoping to bring attention to the
father's role in parenting, Men's
Action Network is coordinating
demonstrations for February 22,
Washington's birthday - the
"Father of the Country."
Houstonians Ron Cox and Craig
Roberts recently attended a
national conference in New
Jersey called "Changing Man."
They will be organizing a Male
Awareness Center in Houston,
and are now forming men's and
A good insight into the expectations and demands on the
American male is the film
"Men's Lives," which Cox and
Roberts will show at the Rice
Media Center February 28 at 7:30
and 10:30 p.m.
For further information on the
new men's center, call Ron Cox
(785-4035) or Craig Roberts (629-
The Houston Feminist Federal Credit Union is well on its way to
achieving financial independence for women.
At the close of the first operating quarter HAFFCU had:
The Feminist Credit Union is working to end sex
discrimination in credit granting by providing its members with
credit opportunities long available to most men.
For membership information call Merryl Leatherman 527-
9108 or 522-2454.