Woods, George C 1979, 1983

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George C. Woods talks about his life in Lubbock’s black community and the obstacles faced by its populace.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: George C. Woods

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: January 20, 1979; January 30, 1983

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Bobby Weaver and Janice Bolton

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Lubbock, Texas (May 20, 1928), Mother’s health, Education, Temple, Texas, High School, Wylie College, Marshall, Texas, Jobs, Black Population, Servant houses, Property owners, W. M. H. Wilkes, principal, Mrs. Ella Iles, teacher, Mrs. Wilkes, teacher, Cotton harvest, Black neighborhood, Churches, Medical care, Dr. Rolon, Dr. J. P. Oliver, First black doctor, Dr. J. A. Chatman, Clinic, Dunbar High School, Discriminatory practices, Civic organizations, Masonic lodge, Knights of Pythius, Elite Club, Baseball, Black Hubbers, Mexican-Americans, John Green, Ministers.

Tape 1, Side 2: Men’s Civic Club (1945), Civil Rights work, /Brown v Topeka Board of Education/, Better times, Police Department, Fire protection.

Tape 2, Side 1: Born: Temple, Texas, Father, Railroad work, To Lubbock (1928), Dunbar High School, Returned to Temple to finish high school, Wiley College, Father’s health, Lubbock (1930s), Merrick Park, Texas Tech University, Early town leaders, Father, Driveway work, Woods’ employment, McDonald Packing Co., Scraping hogs, Lubbock Memorial Hospital, Lubbock Hotel, Family, Blacks in Lubbock (segregation), Living restrictions, Schools, Jury duty, Living conditions of early Lubbock, Improvements still needed, Improvements achieved, Reasons Blacks moved to Lubbock, Anecdote about job at Lubbock Power & Light, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Growth of black community, Size, Schools, Medical services, Current percentage of population of Lubbock, Other minority groups, Ward system, Dr. J. P. Oliver, First black doctor, Woods’ marriage to Evelina.

Tape 2, Side 2: Marriage (continued), Comparison of early and current black leaders, Characteristics, Woods’ children, Comparison of black leaders (again), Current leaders, "Uncle Tom", Martin Luther King Avenue, Prominent Anglos helping the black community, Racism in churches, Young blacks’ attitudes, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Conflict with Anglos, Woods’ civic activities, Woods’ birth certificate, Named after father, Parents, Hometowns, First meeting and marriage, Lubbock Institutions that help blacks, Community services, Employment opportunities.

Tape 3, Side 1: Needs of blacks in Lubbock, Job opportunities, Job training, Busing, Integration in schools, Blacks in Lubbock, Advantages, Education, Religious community, Stereotypes, Attitudes in Lubbock, Smith’s visits to Los Angeles, CA, Watts riots, Elections.

Tape 3, Side 2: Anecdote about Lubbock city election, [Tape three is difficult to understand].

Range Dates: 1906-1983

Bulk Dates: 1928-1983

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