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Rep. Giddings Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Icon Roy Williams  print page

by: Rep. Giddings, Helen
03/23/2017

AUSTIN - Representative Helen Giddings released the following statement on the passing of Civil Rights activist, Roy Williams.

"Roy Williams waged many important battles and achieved significant victories on behalf of the underserved. Perhaps most memorably was he and Marvin Crenshaw's crusade for Dallas' 14-1 single-member City Council. But on the news of his passing, I recall a meeting I had with Roy many years ago.

He came to educate me on the horrors of Apartheid in South Africa and asked for my leadership in changing the country's course. Accompanied by Marvin Crenshaw, they took me to task for not being more active and vocal in the fight against Apartheid. I was somewhat embarrassed because they were so much more well informed on the issues and what needed to be done. That meeting with Roy was a turning point in my career and the beginning of my numerous works and collaboration with the people of South Africa. I will forever be grateful for Roy's courage and intellect. He will be sorely missed."

Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.

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