Many travel to Fair Park for Al Lipscomb's public viewing




Posted on June 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 23 at 1:25 PM

DALLAS - People from across Dallas began arriving at Fair Park early Thursday morning to say good-bye to longtime civil rights and political activist Al Lipscomb.

Mr. Lipscomb's body arrived at the Hall of State in Fair Park at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to pay their respects between noon and 6 p.m. Thursday and during the same times again Friday.

Patricia Jones told News 8 that she spent all morning traveling by bus and trains to get here to pay her respects.

"Every struggle and change he had to fight for, he stood there and fought for it," said Jones. "A lot of people I know they did marches with Al Lipscomb, even my mom and my dad."

Jones said Lipscomb served as a role model for her daughters as well.

Lipscomb was the first African American to run for Dallas mayor. He also challenged the city's at-large method of electing city council members, which eventually led to 14-to-1 system in place today.

Lipscomb served seven terms on the Dallas City Council before a federal bribery conviction forced him to resign 11years ago. That conviction was later overturned.

Supporter Eddie Morgan, one of the first in line at the Hall of State, told News 8, he will forever thank Lipscomb for his outspoken stand on the way city council members are elected. He says Lipscomb lived a life that inspired everyone to get out and have his or her vote counted.

A wake is scheduled at The Hall of State from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday.

Lipscomb's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Friendship- West Baptist Church in Dallas.

Lipscomb died at home last Saturday of a longtime illness. He was 86-years-old.