Dallas County

And So They Begin: Community and Church Leaders Plan Rallies for John Wiley Price

Looking to keep your holiday week festive?

Then look no further than tomorrow night's wingding at the Kirkwood Temple CME Church -- to our knowledge, the first real "community" event in support of embattled Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who, of course, is under FBI investigation for money laundering and other crimes. As you can see from the poster at right, it promises to be a "night of prayer and preparation" loaded with church and community leaders, not to mention judicatories.

The pastor of Kirkwood is Jerry Christian, a member of the board of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) -- and the gentleman who, till recently, was one of the two plaintiffs named in the suit trying to overthrow the November referendum making the whole city wet with beer and wine.

But this is just the warm-up: A bigger event is planned July 17 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke Community Methodist Church at 5710 East R.L. Thornton in East Dallas.

The church confirmed the date and time of the event this afternoon but was unable to confirm reports that the rally and march will be headed by legendary St. Luke pastor Zan Holmes, now in retirement.

Holmes has been largely absent from the local political scene since leaving St. Luke a decade ago. His retirement came some months after a story in the paper version of Unfair Park reported skepticism among law enforcement experts investigating an alleged hate crime and desecration of Holmes's church. That incident, never resolved at the time, involved some names recurring in the Price matter, including Danny Defenbaugh, now a private investigator, who was FBI special agent in charge in Dallas at the time.

Who knows? Maybe we'll finally get some answers to that one too.