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Pride and Progress; Leaders reflect on what its like to be black in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Its human nature to look at someone and make quick judgments without knowing him or her or buy into misconceptions from stories you hear, minorities in America especially in the south struggle to this day with overcoming stereotypes.

"I think history is beautiful and it is not always pretty," said Sherley Green, Roots Historical Arts Council chairwoman. "I think kids need to know the real story."

T.J. Patterson the first African American city council member has lived in Lubbock for more than 60 years and said at first glance Lubbock was just like any other city in the south during the civil rights era. 

"I'm glad I stayed now, but at the moment I couldn't see nothing here. I was negative about what I did see," said Patterson. "You have to be a part of making things happen yourself. It just doesn't fall out of the sky."

The drive among the black community across the nation to overcome segregation and adversity changed the country. Patterson said things have certainly changed, but said there is still a lot of work to be done. He refers to the lack of resources and opportunities that exist for black people in Lubbock. 

"As Mr. Patterson pointed out it's been a long time, people have a perception about the east side that is not true," said Cosby Morton, Roots Historical Arts Council board member. "We all grew up over here, I don't see any saloons, I don't see any gangsters, there are no  Al Capones to you know, my understanding." 

Morton said the lack of economic development on the east side is the root problem. There are so many opportunities that exist in that side of town and for there to be any significant change people need to unite and stay strong in what they believe in, despite the problems there's pride. 

"There was always a footprint of the African American in Lubbock, Texas always," said Morton. "They worked for different people  they contributed they did a lot of things. So when we look at it now as an African American I am proud. I don't see any different other than. I wish we as a people would get back to the basics." 

These pioneers and leaders said they are ever mindful and appreciate the contributions their predecessors have made and they will continue to overcome. The next mission the historic east Lubbock gateway, A monument project to welcome visitors, entrepreneurs, and residents at 19th and Avenue A.





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