In Conversation 2017 Primary Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Roland Parrish and
​Parrish McDonald's Restaurants

Publisher Sponsor

Linda & Frederick D. Todd II, MD

Editor Sponsor

DeMetris Sampson, Esq.

Anchor Sponsors

G. Mark Jenkins, M.D.
The CVI Group

Matrice and Ambassador Ron Kirk​

Hotel Provider

Hotel Crescent Court

​Photography Provider

Jesse Hornbuckle


Jesse Hornbuckle


Roland Parrish and

Parrish McDonald's Restaurants


Linda &Frederick D. Todd II, MD


DeMetris Sampson, Esq.


​Matrice and Ambassador Ron Kirk

G. Mark Jenkins, M.D.

   and The CVI Group

Hotel Crescent Court

ZWHJCOC hosted its 4th annual In Conversation, presented by Roland Parrish and Parrish McDonald's Restaurants, with the legendary Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. and Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One’s daily NewsOne Now program. The event was held Friday, February 17, 2017, at St. Luke "Community" UMC. Sponsors were treated to a private carpet reception and photo opportunity with Mr. Martin before the event and a book-signing at the end of the evening.​

Each year ZWHJCOC's In Conversation lecture series shines light on the life and events of our city, state, nation, and world from the perspective of Dr. Holmes and our distinguished speakers:

  • ​A former Texas State Representative, University of Texas System Regent, and SMU Perkins School of Theology faculty member, as well as a renowned activist and ZWHJCOC's namesake, Dr. Holmes has mentored scores of public servants, educators, corporate leaders, and clergy around the world.​
  • Mr. Martin, a nationally-syndicated columnist, author, and commentator, has appeared on programs and networks such as CNN, MSNBC, and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. His devoted following spans generations and challenges people and institutions all over the country. Mr. Martin has served as news director at KKDA AM in Dallas, editor of the Dallas Weekly, and a reporter at KRLD 1080 AM. The Houston native’s alma mater is Texas A&M University; he is also a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Our 2016 speaker, Ambassador Ron Kirk, served as principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues in President Barack Obama’s cabinet, after serving as mayor of Dallas. Our 2015 speaker was hometown hero Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. In 2014, our inaugural event, news anchor Clarice Tinsley engaged Dr. Holmes in conversation.

In Conversation is ZWHJCOC's largest fund-raising event. Proceeds support programs such as ZWHJCOC's signature Frazier House. Opening this spring, Frazier House -- a unique partnership with Dallas ISD -- has already begun to transform how Dallas designs shared resource spaces, revitalizes old buildings, reconnects communities, and unites public and private organizations to provide social and educational services to those who need it most. Click here to learn more about Frazier House and our other programs.

To get sponsorship information for In Conversation 2018, please send an email to or call 214.324.4443. We are excited about being In Conversation with our community, family, and friends!

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