Black History Month’s Hidden Treasures

The origin of Black History Month was established by way of a weekly celebration in February 1926, known as “Negro History Week” by historian Carter G. Woodson. Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. More...

Roman Match-Making Merriment, or Knot

The origins of Valentine’s Day can be attributed to those raucous Romans replete with blood, sweat and tears, possibly ecstatic ones! The feast of Lupercalia was celebrated by Romans from February 13th to the 15th, when men sacrificed a goat and a dog, and then whipped women with the hides of the slain animals. Young women would line up for a spanking, as they believed this ritual would make them fertile. More...

Feb 22nd: The Dash is On, Cultivating Healthy Programs for Area Youth

Sign up for the Annual Dash for the Beads 1 Mile Walk, 5k and 10K Race to take place March 2nd, a fun-filled community favorite for the whole family! The Good Space Dash for the Beads is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that improves the mental, physical, and emotional health of Oak Cliff youth by providing grant funds to area schools and nonprofits and promoting physical fitness, healthy eating, and arts programs. More...

From Feast to Fasting: A Mardi Gras Prelude to Lent

Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites including the Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate these popular local rites into the new faith as a path of least resistance, cloaking Mardi Gras as a prelude to Lent or 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. More...

KNU Dues Update

JAN-DEC 2020

Participating Households

  • 0 of 927 homes paid - 0%
  • 927 of 927 homes unpaid - 100%
NOCUPP Membership Update


Participating Households

  • 174 of 927 homes paid - 19%
  • 753 of 927 homes unpaid - 81%


Puzzled players gather at Howard Wang’s for the neighborhood Mahjong party.

The group plays on Tuesdays and frequents the North Oak Cliff Library, local restaurants and private homes. Mahjong is a tile-based puzzle game developed in China during the Qing dynasty.

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Please send us a selfie or photo of your tee time, a night on the town or special event, a backyard BBQ gathering, a dinner party soiree, a cameo of you and your pet, volunteering for a passionate cause, or any fave snapshot that captures and celebrates KNU living!

Things To Do

Check out these links for things to do around town like concerts & gigs, parks & recreation, museum exhibits, foodie finds and area digs, family-friendly events, nature outings, and what’s going down at the library…


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A memorial sculpture dedicated to Jeff Chandler is in the works for induction on the Kessler Parkway/Edgefield island. Entitled “Giving and Receiving,” sculptor Heather Ezell is creating a marble art piece with cupped hands that captures Jeff’s community spirit and legacy. Donations are being accepted to cover basic costs and install. Contact Ron Veech at Click on the video for the sculptor’s maquette.





february, 2020

1feb - 2912:01 amfeb 29- 11:59 pmBlack History MonthVisit folklore exhibits, films and events at the African American Museum at Fair Park, 10am-5pm

25febAll DayMardi GrasFollowed by Ash Wednesday/Lent



District 1 Historic Workshop on Feb 6th

Join Councilmember Chad West at the Turner House, 6pm for an informative conservation and preservation workshop.


Scott Joplin Orchestra of Houston performs at the African American Museum at Fair Park on Feb 8th

This contemporary musical orchestra brings the magic to Dallas on Feb 8th, 5pm. Tickets are $25. FYI, they accompanied Beyonce for the Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XXXIII. Learn more.


Water Handlers Needed for Dash on Feb 22nd

We need a few volunteers to give water to Dash for the Beads runners from 8:30 to 10:30. Help hydrate the event, contact


Neighborhood Ambassadors Needed on March 14th

Calling volunteers to shake hands and leave info on the doors of KNU residents on a few designated days in March. Represent KNU and NOCUPP, meet & greet good neighbors and get a little exercise. If interested, contact Larry at


Dashers Course Thru Kessler on Feb 22nd, Cheer Them On

See route map for Dash for the Beads. Join the Mardi Gras revelry and cheer on the participants from the sidelines…


Mardi Gras Parade on Feb 23rd, 4pm

The 2020 Mardi Gras Oak Cliff parade, sponsored by Go Oak Cliff, will run along Davis St. into the heart of Bishop Arts, 4pm/ Parking is available on side streets, or at Kidd Springs Recreation Center, the lot near Tribal All Day Cafe (corner of Bishop Ave. and 9th St.) or at Methodist Dallas Medical Center (paid parking garage), near corner of Beckley and Colorado. Come on out and support this community staple!


Westmount Park Community Meeting on Feb 24th

The City’s Park & Recreation Dept and District 1 Chad West invite you to share input on the future of Westmount Park at 6pm, Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School Auditorium (2700 Redmond Dr).