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A generation late, civil rights protests arrive in Dallas

Dallas summers are usually notable for their scorching heat and blinding sun. This season the city is being treated to a spectacle that seems a throwback to an earlier age: small bands of angry civil rights demonstrators marching, rallying and disrupting public gatherings in an effort to gain a greater voice at city hall.

The immediate focus of the protests is a plan for restructuring the city council, put forward by Mayor Annette Strauss and the city council, that will be voted on in a special election this weekend. But black and Hispanic leaders say something more fundamental is also taking...

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