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Beyond the Report

  • S2P4: In 1923, the city of Lubbock established an ordinance confining African Americans to an eastern area of the city. Out of that confinement grew a tight-knit community of educators, innovators and leaders. In this episode, we explore an area known as "the flats"—one of the first Black communities within Lubbock. We hear the stories of the leaders who came from "the flats." As current leadership pushes the community forward, they reflect on aspects of the past that helped East Lubbock flourish—that need restoration and preservation.
  • S2P3: With little opportunity for African American pharmacists at the height of Jim Crowe, Alfred and Billie Caviel eventually found it in the flat, dusty town of Lubbock. In the 60s, when Lubbock was segregated, the Caviels opened a successful pharmacy that eventually became a celebration of Black history in the city. As one Lubbock local points out, it’s important to remember the roots of Black history exist in Lubbock’s own community and were planted by trailblazers like the Caviels.
  • S2N5: Down Parkway Drive, businesses dot the side of the road. But you also see empty buildings and shopping centers—some, in pretty rough shape. Cosby Morton said it wasn’t always like this. Money stayed within the community rather than being spent on another side of town...That changed after desegregation and urban renewal efforts led by the city that caused a shift in population, recalled Morton.
  • S2N4: After putting in hundreds of hours of what’s called “sweat equity,” Charlotte Ellis is now a homeowner through Lubbock Habitat for Humanity. Her home is in the Talkington addition of the Parkway-Cherry Point neighborhood. Habitat for Humanity calls it a hand up, not a handout. Aspiring homeowners have to put in the work and meet certain criteria to get the keys to a front door.
  • S2N3: Jafar Abdullah brought three books to read lakeside at his neighborhood park. The top about the history of Islam, the bottom about poverty. In the middle is “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander—a book that came highly recommended by one of Abdullah's mentors. The 2012 book equates the mass incarceration of Black Americans to a class system that can affect generations—an issue Abdullah thinks about often—especially when he’s working with kids through the mentorship program he started.
  • S2N2: On a mild Monday evening, people cast their lines into the Historic Dunbar Lake, hoping a fish will bite. At the other end of the park system, families picnic and walk the trails along Conquistador Lake. This is how Mari Huerta thinks of the Canyon Lakes system—a tranquil slice of nature. She’s enjoyed the North Lubbock lakes since she was a kid. Huerta still enjoys the lakes. But she no longer dips her toes in.“You can’t even do that now,” she said. “The water is so slimy.”
  • S2N1: Community advocate Natalie Miller has sounded the alarm for years now. She presented her position clearly at a recent Coffee with the Mayor event at the only grocery store in East Lubbock. This isn’t the first time Miller has talked with the mayor about the changes she wants to see in her neighborhood.
  • S1E10: Author and Texas Tech University PhD candidate Jessica Smith has lived all over the U.S. and has experienced all forms of sexual harassment. Lubbock is no exception to that. Now, she strives to hold a mirror up to society and highlight the microaggressions that lead to much larger problems.
  • S1E9: Michelle Lewark found herself isolated in an abusive relationship after running away with her boyfriend at 15. Eventually, her life was saved by the bite of a brown recluse spider. What started as a near-death experience, ended with a fresh start at life when she finally found the support she needed to leave her abuser for good.
  • S1E8: Each woman who walks through the doors of the New Legacy Home for Women comes with a different story and set of struggles. Here, they get to press the restart button on their life. Shanna Hargrave, the Executive Director of New Legacy, started the organization about a year ago after realizing the need Lubbock had for an organization like this.