Albert “Al” Lipscomb, 1991
Albert “Al” Lipscomb (1925 - 2011) was a pioneer in Dallas politics and a Civil Rights activist. Lipscomb began his community and civic organizing with the Dallas Community Action Agency, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Lipscomb ran as the first Black candidate for Mayor of Dallas in 1971, and finished third in the race. After running for various other offices, and acting as lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to challenge the City Council’s method of electing members, Lipscomb was elected to the Dallas City Council in 1984. He remained on the Dallas City Council through 2000, with a brief pause from 1993 to 1995. During his time as a Dallas City Councilmember, Lipscomb fought for civil rights in Dallas. Despite a negative ending to his political career, Lipscomb left behind a legacy in Dallas and is recognized for his leadership in civic engagement and making way for greater Black representation in Dallas.
More information on Al Lipscomb can be found on the “Anti-Apartheid Movement in North Texas” blog from SMU.