Louis A. Bedford, Dallas County’s first black judge, died today on his 88th birthday. In 1966 Bedford became the first black to serve on Dallas’ municipal court.
A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, he attended Prairie View A&M University and received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
State Sen. Royce West, one of the many lawyers mentored by Bedford, said the trailblazer had to leave Texas to go to law school.
“His passing comes at a time when we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which he was involved in,” West said. “And his passing leaves a void. He was a person we could talk to about different issues in the community.”
Learn more about Judge Bedford here.