Al Lipscomb Is Dead

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Al Lipscomb at the federal courthouse during the trial of Don Hill in '09
'Round this time last year Al Lipscomb was hospitalized at Methodist following a fall that resulted in a broken leg; Gromer Jeffers wrote that the former council member wasn't "doing so well these days." Which was a far cry from just two years ago, when Sam ran into him at the federal City Hall corruption trial. Laura Miller had taken the stand, but found time enough to tell her one-time favorite target he was looking "dapper as always." But today, on Election Day, Al Lipscomb has died, says a Channel 8 brief.

I expect Jim will have much more to write about the 86-year-old civil rights activist-turned-politician Monday; God knows he's had plenty to say in the past -- like, for starters, the '98 piece titled "Saint Al," and this piece from Amarillo in January 2000, just before Lipscomb was convicted of 65 counts of bribery and conspiracy (a conviction later overturned on a technicality involving the decision to move the trial to Amarillo). A few years after that Lipscomb tried to return to the council horseshoe by unseating friend and protégé James Fantroy, who'd replaced Al after the conviction ended his 14-year run at City Hall. When that failed, he instead settled for the role of rambling public speaker at the horseshoe.

Our archives are littered with Lipscomb readings. And then there is this piece from Texas Monthly's June 1984 issue about Lipscomb, written by Gary Cartwright, who first met Lipscomb while doing a piece for Esquire in 1970. Wrote Cartwright, "Yes, Dallas has had blacks on the council before, and God knows it has had badasses, but I'm not sure it has ever had a badass black like Al Lipscomb until now. A new day indeed."

Update at 4:11 p.m.: City Hall has sent the following statement from City Manager Mary Suhm: "The City mourns the loss of a dedicated public servant and civil rights leader. 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."
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rojobaron
rojobaron

Seriously? A "dedicated public servant".  I would say that being found guilty of 65 counts of bribery and corruption means that the ONLY thing Al Lipscomb was dedicated to was lining his own pocket.. Mary Suhm, youre an idiot.

Rickpage
Rickpage

He was a criminal who learned that bluster got press. He promoted himself by appearing to be an activist. I'm glad he's dead, too bad it didn't happen 50 years ago.

mskat
mskat

I pray for this family at their time of loss. The loss of a parent can be devasting. Prayer has many methods, Do it your own way just pray

Aray1952
Aray1952

Thank God for the Al Lipscombs of the World  If not White Folks In Dallas and Texas would get away slavery AGAIN.     ARAY

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Ritacox_cc

I am sad and feel a personal loss.  Al was a great advocate for civil rights, a singular voice for change.  Beyond his public outbursts,  he was a good guy, concerned about assets and people, a tremendous advocate for many issues.   He was capable of making many of us white folks re-think our beliefs and positions.  

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

A very good man has gone over  to the other side.Many prayer to Ms.Lovey.

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Gangy
Gangy

Have some empathy for Al's family and friends, and keep the hateful comments to yourself and your fellow haters.  Not everyone who reads the Observer shares your venom.

Jim Schutze FLED DETROIT!
Jim Schutze FLED DETROIT!

There is almost nothing that is more disgusting than a white liberal apologist for black criminals.

Robert
Robert

And then there is this piece from Texas Monthly's June 1984 issue about Lipscomb, written by Gary Cartwright

And this reminds me I need to resubscribe to Texas Monthy. I hope it's as good as it used to be.

RIP, Mr. Lipscomb.

Crookedpolitician
Crookedpolitician

Wonder if Al is going to have to pay to play at the pearly gates...

Mike
Mike

I remember his comment about snitches at the Don Hill trial. People that achieve a certain level of prominence need to know when to take themselves off the stage. Or their friends need to do it for them. I came to Dallas in '95 and saw little in that time for anyone to consider him a great person. If he had done great things, he should have let those things do his talking.

HEY YOU, IN THE BACK
HEY YOU, IN THE BACK

I'm sure we'll hear a replay of his interview with Microphone Johnson on The Ticket this coming Monday. " Well, I'm glad you ask me that ! "

Cpr On Love
Cpr On Love

Our prayers are with his family and friends. RIP

bobbyv
bobbyv

This sounds awful, but I honestly thought he died a few years ago.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

That's too bad. I didn't care much for him, but he was one of a kind.

Abc
Abc

Typical dumb nigger

Watching
Watching

Al Lipscomb enslaved young women as prostitutes.  

Move to Detroit
Move to Detroit

Idiotic naive bleeding-heart white libtard. You are an apologist for criminals.

Watching
Watching

They didn't have sympathy for the women he whored out during his days as a "head waiter". 

Suky 87
Suky 87

You'll be Lucky you wake you tomorrow an live as long as he did Simple Minded ass JERK!!!!!Its people Like you in the world that makes the lives of people miserable

mskat
mskat

you are right You don't know that much about Mr Lipscomb. He has done great things,yet they never talk about that

Lauragriffin_1
Lauragriffin_1

Have you ever had someone you know change? maybe everything he went through in his younger life prepared him for the fight of his life as he watched things never change for us as a people..... It's so easy to talk ill of someone when you haven't walked a mile in thier shoes whether you wanted to or not try it sometime.... I'll pray for you cause I don't wish anything on anyone not even a person or thing I don't care for. If you have nothing good to say it is best to not say anything at all. God Bless the Family and may he REST IN PEACE.

Donaedreon
Donaedreon

...and so was Jesus.  Had He not died for the world, you would not be here to make a statement like that.  As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.  Be careful how you hate on people, good or bad.  JEALOUSY IS NOT INNOCENT. 

Watching
Watching

Only the good die young, and Al Lipscomb was not a good man -- unless you count being a drug dealer and pimp as a good man.

Watching
Watching

Great things for himself.   What about his years exploiting women as a pimp?

rojobaron
rojobaron

@Lauragriffin_1 Seriously? He was convicted of 65 counts of bribery and corruption at almost 80 years old. What do think could possibly have changed? Get a clue.

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