Former Dallas Councilman Al Lipscomb Dies At 86

By Giles Hudson, CBSDFW.COM
lipscomb Former Dallas Councilman Al Lipscomb Dies At 86

Former Dallas City Councilman Al Lipscomb, who died on June 18, 2011.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Former Dallas City Council member Al Lipscomb, a long-time local activist and a lightning rod in the city’s decades-long debate over civil rights, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 86.

“The city mourns the loss of a dedicated public servant and civil rights leader,” Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm said. “Mr. Lipscomb loved this city. He was a weariless defender of human rights and was untiring in his pursuit to make our city better for all of its residents.”

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office said Lipscomb died around 3:45 a.m. Saturday. He had been in hospice care, but friends said he died at home surrounded by family.

Longtime South Dallas civil rights activist Diane Ragsdale was a close friend and considered Lipscomb a mentor.

“It was about (standing) for all, and I remember when we would do the pledge of the allegiance he would say justice for all … and he would always elevate those two words,” Ragsdale said.

Though the seven-term city council member was convicted of federal bribery charges in 1984, that conviction was overturned on appeal.

Through decades of public service, Lipscomb frequently challenged the city’s establishment, and in 1984 was the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit that eventually led to the current 14-1 city council makeup and as a result increased minority representation in the city.

“He never shied away from a public fight,” Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway said Saturday.  “He stood for what he thought was right. And those things that both he and Ms. Ragsdale stood for are the very things that we are benefitting from in this city today.”

Funeral arrangements are still pending.


One Comment

  1. Eddie Walters says:

    another of GODS FALEN ANGELS R I P

  2. Rita says:

    My mama always said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. My mouth is zipped tight right now.

  3. d. smith says:

    just wish it was willy price…what a waste of humanity.

  4. Buyerbwear says:

    Goodbye and good riddance. Wish you were taking Ragsdale and John “Wiley Coyote” Price with you.

  5. Michael Murray says:

    Remember, good, bad, or otherwise, the man WAS elected by the people of Dallas. I didn’t like some of the things he did either, but I believe WE should not forget how to be polite. This fellow had family that loved him through good and bad. Let’s just for a moment try to behave as if “The Friendly State” applies to us.

  6. Timothy Jackson says:

    rid·dance (rdns)
    1. A deliverance from or removal of something unwanted or undesirable

  7. Hemroidious says:

    He opened the door for racism and corruption in Dallas. Good riddance!

    1. Brando says:

      FOOL! Racism and corruption existed in Dallas-and still does today-before Al was ever born. What are you a kid?!

  8. Mr Black says:

    I wonder just how much of Dallas’ money his family stands to inherit from him.

  9. J Pepe says:

    Bye Al,
    I wish it was Laura Miller who died.

  10. Brando says:

    Reading the hate filled sentiments justifies every action Mr.Lipscomb took to make Dall a more inclusive city. He was wrongly convicted of doing what Senators and Congress across this country do……Hmm I beleive they call it Lobbying. Rest in Peace Al, Your Legacy will live on and you will never be forgotten.

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