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Equal Opportunity Hero: T.J. Patterson's Service to West Texas

it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  4 ratings  ·  4 reviews
On April 7, 1984, T. J. Patterson became the first African American elected to the Lubbock City Council, winning handily over his four opponents. It was a position he would go on to hold for more than twenty years, and his natural leadership would lead him to state and national recognition.

Patterson grew up during a time of American social unrest, protest, and upheaval, an
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Hardcover, 277 pages
Published November 20th 2017 by Texas Tech University Press
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Kristine Hall
Author Phil Price begins Equal Opportunity Hero by telling us where we are going. Clearly, the author knows Patterson well, which enables him to provide angles and perspectives that some biographers simply don't have on their subject matter. The result in Equal Opportunity Hero is that the biography is infused with T.J. Patterson’s voice and vibrant personality. I would have liked a more linear timeline, which would have avoided some repetition of information; as it is, it's one year forward, te ...more
Ruthie Jones
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Equal Opportunity Hero is about T.J. Patterson, the first African American elected to the Lubbock City Council, but this story is actually about so much more. Patterson grew up in segregated Texas and experienced the turmoil and violence of desegregation. Patterson also survived childhood polio, Vietnam, and countless other battles throughout his life.

What it takes to make a city thrive and survive shines through in this story about a humble man who loves God, his family, and Lubbock. As Phil Pr
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Melissa
As someone who isn't native to Texas, I always enjoy learning more about the people who helped to form the the state, or who were instrumental in its politics and culture over the decades. T.J. Patterson is one of the latter, and the author, his friend Phil Price, paints a picture of him that is vibrant and interesting, but also extremely real.

I appreciated that this biography was not a dry academic treatise, but a real glimpse into Patterson's life, from his time at Bishop College (a black coll
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Melyssa
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love, love this story! Reviewed via the Lone Star Book Blogging Tour #LSBBT
Equal Opportunity Hero: T.J. Patterson's Service to West Texas by Phil Price is a poignant story about Thomas James "T.J." Patterson and his lifetime of service to the United States and his legacy as the first African American city council member in Lubbock, Texas. I truly believe we all have a story to tell, no matter how seemingly ordinary, but the life Mr. Patterson led and the story the author relayed was simply ext
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