Looking back a few weeks from this event, it’s our observation it was in the Southside of Dallas where the sands truly began shifting toward Beto O’Rourke’s effort to oust Ted Cruz from the U.S. Senate.
It was here where the confluence of important discussions about racial injustice and a historic setting clicked together to catapult Beto into the portion of his campaign forever defined as massive rallies happening throughout Texas. Sure, up until this point, Beto had filled plenty of rooms with above-capacity crowds. But it was on September 14th at the Good Street Baptist Church in the Dallas suburb of Oak Cliff, where Poli Pix Co. observed Beto drawing crowds consistently numbering over 1,000 people in attendance.
Days before this rally, Beto’s comments on black athletes’ rights as Americans to peacefully protest racial injustices on the field went viral and both drew the focus of national news media and began cultivating national acclaim by Americans close to the issue. Take that environment and overlay it with an already-tense community affected by the unjust killing of Dallas resident Botham Jean in his own apartment in the weeks prior. And finally, consider the historical significance of this rally’s venue – the historic Good Street Baptist Church – as being the only church in Texas to welcome a sermon from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. back in 1956.
What you are left with as the product of this calculus is nothing less than a defining moment in this Senate race. Poli Pix was truly humbled to join the community of Good Street for this historic occasion; the exact time and place where the important work of addressing criminal justice reform took center stage for the people of Texas.
Here are a few of our images from the event: