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A Great Time To Be Alive Trail Marker

CATEGORY: Heritage Trails


816 Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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On October 22, 1959, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., pastor, civil rights leader, and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) made his only visit to Fort Worth, Texas. Upon his arrival, Dr. King was greeted by African American community leaders. He also experienced some anger, hate, and bomb threats. King attended a reception at the Bellaire Drive West Home of the Revs. Alberta and Harold Lunger at Texas Christian University. That evening, four hundred people were in attendance when Dr. King spoke at the Historic Majestic Theater at 1101 Commerce Street. On that momentous occasion, the theater was integrated when African Americans were, for the first time, allowed to enter through the front door and sir in the lower seats. 

It was truly a great day to be alive in Fort Worth, Texas. 

This Trail Marker is sponsored by Dr. Gary & Anne Lacefield in Memory of Mother Carol Ann Tatum. 

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