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Peter Johnson

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Three weeks before Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire on Dallas police, he offered to work security for protesters outside a Donald Trump appearance in Dallas. Organizers said “no way” – because Johnson wanted to bring a gun.

Mary Greene family

Mary Lee Dodd Greene, a longtime KERA staffer who was also a North Texas civil rights and education champion, has died.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA

To mark Black History month, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center has opened a new museum inside its main building in southern Dallas.

Children in the community center’s Head Start program kicked off the event with a song from the civil rights movement:

“Come on over to the front of the bus ... I’ll be riding up there!”

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Wednesday in Washington D.C., America will commemorate a speech that changed the world.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is just as powerful today as in 1963.

Dallas Reverend Peter Johnson was a skinny 18 year-old that summer, fresh from jail. He remembers every detail from his trip to the March on Washington where he heard Dr. King’s profound words on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Johnson also remembers where he first fought for civil rights; on the river by his tiny hometown in south Louisiana.