Dallas Historical Activists

Dallas has many Civil Rights Activists that all worked to the common goal of equality and harmony. Here are just a few of the many people that have made a difference in the Dallas community.

Peter Johnson

One of Dallas’ last living links to Martin Luther King carries on the torch of nonviolence and justice.

More About Mr. Johnson

Juanita J. Craft

Juanita Craft was an American activist and politician. Craft was an activist in the civil rights movement and also served as a member of the Dallas City Council in Texas.

Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House

Lenora Rolla

The granddaughter of former slaves who grew up in poverty, Rolla became a civil rights leader and community activist in DFW. In 1977, she founded the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society.

Lenora Rolla Museum

A. Maceo Smith

Antonio Maceo Smith was a pioneer civil rights leader in Dallas whose years of activism with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other civil rights and community groups led Texans to dub him “Mr. Civil Rights” and “Mr. Organization”.

An Interview with Mr. Smith