Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 30, Number 2, Fall 2018 Page: 38
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
in North Central Texas
BY STEVEN R. BUTLER
"The Declaration of Independence does not say some men...it does not say all
white men...it does not say all Gentiles...it does not say all Protestants...it says
all men are created equal! If the American dream is to be a reality, the idea of
white supremacy must come to an end now and ever more."
Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.
speaking in Dallas,January 4, 19631
though history most closely associates
him with cities such as Atlanta, Georgia; Wash-
ington, D.C.; Montgomery, Birmingham and
Selma, Alabama; and Memphis, Tennessee-the
place where an assassin took his life fifty years ago
this past April-during Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.'s more than twelve-year tenure as America's
foremost civil rights leader, he traveled extensive-
ly delivering sermons, giving speeches, and im-
parting advice and encouragement to ordinary
Americans and community leaders all over the
United States, including the two principal cities
of North Central Texas-Dallas and Fort Worth.
The first of King's five recorded visits to
"Big D" occurred in 1956, a little more than four
months following the start of the now legend-
ary Montgomery bus boycott, which began in
December 1955 after seamstress and NAACP
secretary Rosa Parks, tired after a long day of
work, refused to give up her seat to a white man
on a segregated city bus. Rev. Caesar Arthur
Walter Clark, an outspoken black clergyman and
anti-segregationist in Dallas who had already
"shocked Anglo leaders by ... running for school
38 LEGACIES Fall 2018
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