Patterson, T J 1999-06-16

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T. J. Patterson discusses his life and the importance of the future for children.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: T.J. Patterson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 16, 1999

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes


Tape 1: Patterson, Thomas James Sr. (T. J.), b. June 29, 1937 in Waxahachie, Texas, Parents, Father and mother divorced, Mother remarried, Father’s last name was Collins, Polio, Wichita Falls, Texas, Segregation, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Stepfather, Patterson, was a soda jerk on the boardwalk, Wichita Falls, Texas (again), Community, Close, like a family, Education, Walked to school, Discipline, Spanking was normal, Education (again), School activities, Working, Jobs, Hours, Pay, Bishop College: Marshall, Texas, Scholarship, Tuition, Baptist college founded by former slaves, no longer in existence, Future for the children, Go back to the basics, Need to go back to the home, Responsibility of the parents, Attitude of the youth, Patterson, T. J. (again), Marches, Exposing drug dealers, Politics, First involvement, Rumors and lies, Patterson, T. J. (again), Importance of influence on youth, Politics (again), Single member districts, Council meetings, Racism, Economic development in East Lubbock, Texas, Chapman Hill, Interstate 27, Splitting the community, East/West Freeway (Lubbock, Texas), Patterson, T. J. (again), Texas Tech University, College of Business Administration, Hinkley, John, A student in his class, African-American faculty and staff, African-American students, City Council, 15 years, Lubbock, Texas.

Tape 2: Lubbock, Texas (continued), Politics, Minorities on city council, Voting, Opinions, 1970, tornado, Brought people together, Forced busing, Bad for children, People who have made a difference, Afterthoughts, (ends after 15 minutes).

Range Dates: 1937–1999

Bulk Dates: 1937–1999

Access Information

Original Recording Format:

Recording Format Notes: audio cd available in reading room

Transcript: yes

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