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IVUTURA Newspapers Magazines Political Specialists Signs and Placards Bumperstrips Office Supplies 100% Union Shop PRESS know how to find a lawyer they can trust, how to get welfare, how to report a police beating, how to get help kicking drugs. “We handle everything from food stamps to capital murder,” the director is fond of saying. Lipscomb and his small band of volunteers give moral support as well as technical aid to people who either haven’t the faintest clue how to get to first base against the bureaucracies or have failed to get results through established channels. Founded in 1971, just after Lipscomb had the Center has never been funded by any governmental agencies. It limps along on small contributions, struggling to meet payments on back rent and utility bills. Lipscomb himself doesn’t own a car and survives, he says, on handouts. In the office he is a man in perpetual motion: one minute counseling a group of homeowners who want to get a fleet of stinky cattle trailers removed from their street, the next checking out a complaint about inferior meat and produce at a nearby Safeway store. The ongoing casualties of second-class citizenship march through the door. Their faces sad or angry, they sit on the battered couches and unravel their accounts of misery and frustration. When he is not in the office, Lipscomb is usually appearing as a public witness at county commissioners’ court, the city council, the school board, or other meetings, pleading the people’s case as he sees it. Even though he has never held elected office, the staff at city hall tend to view him as the ambassador from the South Side. Assistant City Manager Eugene Denton describes him as “an important resource who has opened up lines of communication to this office we might not have had otherwise.” Levi Davis, director of the city’s Action Center, says, “It would probably be disastrous for South Dallas if he weren’t over there referring cases to us.” IN THE five years since he ran for mayor and finished third in a field of seven, Lipscomb has run unsuccessfully for commissioner’s court, the school board, and twice against Allen for the council. Even his most avid supporters will admit that these campaigns have not been distinguished by their organization or strategy. As a politician, the Lip is a little rough around the edges. “Al has never stopped fighting the issues long enough to organize the voters,” J. B. Jackson, a close friend and advisor, said recently. But this time he expects it to be different. “When the elections were at-large there wasn’t that much incentive to get the black community organized, and then last spring it came on us too fast, but we’re building a grass roots foundation now, going door-todoor, block by block.” Before he emerged as a political gadfly and public defender in the late Sixties, Al Lipscomb had spent most of his life downtown as a waiter and maitre d’ in some of the city’s best hotels and restaurants the Baker, the Adolphus, the First National Bank, and La Tunisia, to name a few. “I was spinnin’ and grinnin’ around those tables, believe me.” Born in 1925 in a house not far from the Information Center, he grew up with a brother and two sisters in a neighborhood which was poor but which knew comparatively little of the crime that now chokes it. His father was an automobile mechanic who wrote a guidebook for church ushers. His mother contributed most of her free time to activities at the St. Mark’s Baptist Church and composed pastoral sonnets on the side. When he attended Lincoln High School, Lipscomb remembers, it was so overcrowded that the student body had to be split into day and evening shifts. He played football in uniforms handed down from the white high schools. After graduating in 1942, he entered the Army Air Force and served three years as an MP. When he got out he spent a few years at odd jobs in California before returning to Dallas and the restaurant business. With the exception of a couple crosscountry excursions as an itinerant bartender, Lipscomb has lived the rest of the time in South Dallas. He has been married once and raised eight children. While working in restaurants he became a member of the NAACP \(“Which was not a cool thing to do they fired niggers for sly to other waiters. 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