November 22 Event

On November 22, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, The Bank Tower at Oak Cliff plans to hold an event marking the day. While details are still being finalized, here are our early plans.


9:00 a.m.  The Bishop Dunne Band will play outdoors (weather permitting) under the direction of Bill Rhyan.

11:30 a.m.  A JFK-related film will be shown in the Tower's Mock Courtroom.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Exhibit tours will be conducted by curator Ralph Isenberg.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Exhibit tours will be conducted by curator Ralph Isenberg.

5:30 p.m.  Potluck Immigrant Dinner (details below)


That evening, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., The Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE) will hold an "Immigrant's Dinner" for local immigrants the organization serves. These immigrants, known as "La Familia de ICIE," will hold a pot-luck dinner in the Tower basement. Ethnic entertainment representing the many cultures of the families ICIE helps will be presented. 200-300 people are expected to attend.

Local attorney Anthony Farmer will be the keynote speaker at the event. Farmer, who is fluent in Spanish, is a member of the Dallas Black Criminal Bar Association and earned his JD from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He is licensed in the Federal Court for the Northern District of Texas and earned his BA in International Political Economy from Colorado College.

During the dinner event, members of the ICIE staff will provide tours of the JFK Exhibit in Spanish.

President Kennedy was a strong advocate for American immigration, and his book "A Nation of Immigrants" is considered a classic. ICIE founder Ralph Isenberg believes Kennedy is an important part of America's immigration heritage. "Few Americans understand the importance of President Kennedy in the life of American Hispanics," he said. There is hardly a Hispanic household with members over 50 who don't have some memorabilia or fond remembrance of President Kennedy. He was not only the first Catholic President, he was not afraid to tackle the social issues facing Southern America."

Please keep checking this page for more updates and details on this event!