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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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Breakfast at the BAC: There's No Business Like My Business: 7:39 a.m. Oct. 18, 2017; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
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Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 8:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Canceled Disciplinary Appeal of 3 Day Suspension of Dusty Dwyer: 9 a.m. Oct. 18, 2017; Police Training Classroom #1135, Bob Bolen Safety Complex, 505 W. Felix Street.

Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: 1 p.m. Oct. 18, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Allen Avenue Restriping Project Open House: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2017; Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb St.

2018 Bond Election Public Meeting City Wide: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2017; Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway.

Tarrant County Adult Education & Literacy: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Large Conference Room, Workforce Development Board Offices, 1320 S. University Drive, Suite 600.
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Community Action Partners Council: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; First Floor Board Room, Fort Worth City Credit Union, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Trinity River Public Facility Corporation: 5 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Fort Worth Housing Solutions, 1201 East 12th Street.
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Lights On After School: 5 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

Fort Worth Housing Solutions: 5 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Artist Talk: Kipp Kobayashi: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Art7 Gallery, 2831 West 7th St.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission: 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Conference Room, Tarrant Regional Water District, 800 E. Northside Drive.
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Stormwater Master Plan Stakeholder Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Composting Water-Saving Seminar: 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Iris Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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Human Relations Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration: 8 a.m. Oct. 20, 2017; A.D. Marshall Public Safety and Courts Building, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Public Art Dedication at Meacham International Airport: 10 a.m. Oct. 20, 2017; Meacham International Airport Administration Building, 201 American Concourse (Off N. Main Street).

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee Meeting: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, 2017; James E. Guinn Building, First floor, PharmaFab Conference Room No 116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Fall Festival: 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 2017; Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb St.

Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 9 a.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Gateway Church, 4205 Basswood Blvd .

Code Rangers: 9 a.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104.

Homeless Event: Mile in My Shoes: 11 a.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Worth Heights Oktoberfest: 6 p.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave.

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Oct. 23, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Building Standard Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23, 2017; Council Chamber, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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2018 Bond Election Public Meeting City Wide: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 2017; Botanic Garden Lecture Hall, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.

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