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The Dallas Morning News
Albert Louis "Al" Lipscomb, the outspoken Dallas political activist who oscillated between crowning achievements and humiliating disgraces, died at his home early Saturday. He was 86.
Mr. Lipscomb died about 4:30 a.m. surrounded by family at his daughter's home.
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price called Mr. Lipscomb his "father in consciousness" because he inspired the commissioner and so many others to fight civil injustice.
Mr. Lipscomb, a former City Council member, was a leader in efforts that helped black Dallas residents gain a toehold in city politics. He was the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that ended the unconstitutional at-large system of electing council members.
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Published in Dallas Morning News from June 18 to July 2, 2011