“Public Service is the rent that you pay for the air that you breathe.” The current Commissioner of Tarrant County Precinct 1, Roy Brooks is the son of Dr. Marion Jackson Brooks (“Dr. Jack”) and Marie Brooks who were both heavily active in the Civil Rights Movement in Fort Worth. As he grew up in a family that was very active in the community, Commissioner Brooks has a long history of action that has led him to public service. Through his career in public service, Commissioner Brooks has shown dedication to the community and to making Fort Worth a better place.
As someone who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Marjorie Crenshaw grew up during the era of Jim Crow and remained in Fort Worth through the Civil Rights Movement and since. Her experiences as a teacher allowed her to be heavily involved in the community, as did her affinity for music and her talents as a Jazz musician.
Lloyd Austin was born in Hugo, Oklahoma, and moved to Fort Worth when he was nine years old in 1932. Rev. Austin served as the pastor of St.John Missionary Baptist Church in Mosier Valley from 1963-2005. He was married to Macie Farrow Austin for 68 years. Together they had their daughter Georgina Austin, who has brought them three grand children and later two great grand children.
Opal Lee was born in Marshall, Texas. She attended Wylie College in the 1950’s during segregation. She joined the NAACP and influenced youth to get involved as well. Opal is a founding member of the Tarrant County Black Historical and Geneological Society. She is also founder and board chairman of the Community Food Bank. She taught at Cooper St. Elementary for more than a decade and held other various jobs throughout the community.
Rev. Dr. Davis is currently the pastor of Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth, and President of the Fort Worth chapter of the NAACP. He was born in Centerville, Texas, and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He received his B.A. from Mary Allen College in 1955, his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1968 and his Doctor of Divinity degree from Guadalupe Baptist Theological Seminary in 1992. Dr. Davis is a member of the National Association of Christians in Social work, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber, the NAACP, serves as the Chairman of S.A. Pleasant, Jr. Institute of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas and is Dean of the Congress of the North Texas District Association. He is also a Post President of the Baptist Minister’s Union of Fort Worth/Tarrant County and Vicinity. Dr. Davis was a 2003 inductee to the Religious Hall of Fame in Dallas, Texas, and is one of the first recipients of the coveted Dr. W. N. Daniel Service Award.
A Fort Worth native, Bob Ray Sanders is a journalist and member of the editorial board of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Bob Ray grew up during the era of segregation, and stayed in Fort Worth through the events of the Civil Rights Movement. Over his 40 year career in journalism, “Bob Ray,” as he is often known by his readers, has written numerous stories about issues pertaining to the Civil Rights Movement.
Mr. Reby Cary was born in Fort Worth and grew up during a time of intense segregation. He graduated from I.M. Terrell High School in 1937 and eventually went on to earn his Masters Degree from Prairie View A&M University. Not only was Cary the first black full-time professor at the University of Texas-Arlington, but he was also the first black person in Fort Worth elected to the school board in 1974. In 1979 he was elected as the Texas Representative for District 95. Reby Cary has written several books about the black community in Fort Worth, and still resides in the city today.