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Five decades of human relations progress to be celebrated Oct. 20

Posted Oct. 9, 2017

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A peaceful demonstration in downtown Fort Worth on March 14, 1965, led to the creation of the Human Relations Commission. (Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.)

Celebrate the accomplishments of the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission at a 50th anniversary observance, 8-10 a.m. Oct. 20 on the plaza outside the A.D. Marshall Public Safety and Courts Building, 1000 Throckmorton St.

The community celebration will include a design reveal for a new Courts Building public art project that recalls a historic 1965 demonstration at the same site that led to the creation of the commission.

A reception featuring breakfast fare from food trucks and local eateries begins at 8 a.m., followed by a brief program that will include remarks from Mayor Betsy Price.

The history of the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission stretches back to 1960 when Mayor Tom McCann appointed the first members of the Mayor’s Committee on Human Relations. On July 3, 1967, the City Council adopted an ordinance formally creating the Commission on Human Relations. The ordinance specified that the membership be representative of the economic, religious, cultural, ethnic and racial groups that make up the city’s population.

Over the next four decades, the commission would tackle numerous tough issues, including eliminating segregated drinking fountains, changing hiring practices at City Hall to allow employment of minorities, addressing the lack of equality in housing and places of public accommodation, and ensuring equal opportunities for Fort Worth’s gay and lesbian community.

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Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation: 2 p.m. Oct. 24, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Firefighters' and Police Officer' Civil Service Commission: 6 p.m. Oct. 24, 2017; Planning and Development Conference Room, Lower Level, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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