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A Texas-born president's signature helped change life in Dallas in 1964


The following is from the April 10, 2014, edition of KHOU in Houston. Expertise for this story was provided by The Rev. Zan Holmes, a former adjunct professor at SMU Perkins School of Theology where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity in 1959 and a Master of Sacred Theology in 1968.

April 11, 2014


Texas still had a poll tax on state elections when the Civil Rights Act was signed.

In Dallas, the city council was all white, but changes were coming.

The day President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, Dallas schools and public life were still segregated.

Rev. Zan Holmes was a seminary student at SMU at the time.

“We had demonstrations, we had marches -- it was all here, the dissatisfaction with the way things were," he said. "We could have easily had a riot.”

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