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Lyndon Johnson signing the civil rights act on July 2, 1964

Across the country, civil rights activists achieved a number of their goals.  These positive outcomes were often the result of government-mandated laws that forced the white establishments to integrate and accept blacks.  This was no different in the city of Fort Worth, which not only resisted change but did not take a monumentally significant role in forcing change like in other cities in the deep south.

“Somewhere along the way, Fort Worth developed the attitude that ‘we’re not going to be kind of city that blows up. We’re going to try to handle these problems in 1 of 2 ways; either by buying off the opposition, or by negotiating with them.’ There were always some black leaders that were willing to take the money and calm things down… They would be bought off by the power structure in general… It was a combination of a bunch of people, loosely called the 7th Street Gang.”10000

Federal laws created were some of most effected ways of forcing whites to integrate. This is what finally gave way to the integration of the department stores, restaurants, and parks in Fort Worth.

Neighborhood integration was eventually accepted as Whites began to understand that their was no way to stop the movement of blacks into their claimed neighborhoods.

Ultimately, Fort Worth isd integrated their schools after a 15 year struggle after the passing of Brown vs Board of education.

As a result of integration the strong black business structure that was in place dissipated this had a profound effect on the community. The Black community  and cohesiveness also took a turn once integration was fully accepted, now that blacks could have access to what Whites had they saw no need to support the black owned businesses.

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