Dallas Civil Rights Leader Roy Williams Dies at 74 | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Civil Rights Leader Roy Williams Dies at 74

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    Dallas civil rights leader Roy Williams has died at age 74.

    Williams passed away Saturday at the Dallas VA Medical Center after a long illness.

    He was one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that changed Dallas. After the suit, Dallas adopted the current 14 single-member district form of government. The previous system featured 10 council members with eight being elected from single-member districts. Two others and the mayor were elected at-large. Since 1991, only the mayor has been elected at-large.

    Williams was a frequent voice on civil rights issues in North Texas throughout much of his life.

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