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S.M. Wright Helped Shape Dallas’ Black Community

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DALLAS--If you're driving in the southeast part of Dallas, U.S. Highway 175 gets another name, the S.M. Wright Freeway

S.M. Wright grew up in Dallas and became a well-known preacher in the Black community, but his impact was felt beyond the pulpit.

"I would describe my father as a peacemaker in Dallas," Wright's son, S.M. Wright II, said in a 2013 interview with CW33. "Very powerful, caring, influential. He really helped shape the community and what it is today."

In the turbulent 1960s, when Blacks were demanding their rights be recognized, he helped people find common ground.

He met with a lot of famous people along the way: LBJ, Billy Graham, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton.

His legacy lives on in Dallas. The S.M. Wright Foundation, led by his own son, helps underprivileged children and needy families.

Every December, their Christmas in the Park event makes sure children have a gift on christmas morning.

"It is a joy to continue the legacy, "Wright II said. "We are working towards making sure that every family has what they need to succeed in life."

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