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Texas Tech University Press and Lubbock Public Library Host Book Launch and Signing

Hope Lenamon

December 14, 2017


The event is for "Equal Opportunity Hero: T.J. Patterson's Service to West Texas.”

Texas Tech University Press and the Lubbock Public Library will host a book launch and signing for "Equal Opportunity Hero: T. J. Patterson's Service to West Texas” by Phil Price from 3-5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 16) at the Patterson Branch Library, 1836 Parkway Drive. Both Patterson and Price will be on hand to sign copies of the book.

Patterson became the first African-American elected to the Lubbock City Council on April 7, 1984, winning handily over his four opponents. It was a position he would hold for more than 20 years, and his natural leadership would lead him to state and national recognition. During his career, he was an equal-opportunity hero for all of Lubbock's citizens.

Price has been witness to many of these accomplishments and friends with Patterson for more than 20 years.

"T. J. Patterson has continuously exhibited honor and respect,” Price said. "He has worked diligently to pursue equality for all races throughout his life.”

Now retired, Price was president and CEO of a local marketing and design agency. Over the years he has served the Lubbock Independent School District, the Lubbock Better Business Bureau, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and other city agencies. He lives in Lubbock with his wife, Victoria.

The Texas Tech University Press advances knowledge and the preservation of research and scholarship by publishing books and journals. It has been the book publishing arm of Texas Tech University since 1971 and a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1987. The mission of the Texas Tech University Press is to disseminate the fruits of research and scholarship by publishing, in accordance with rigorous peer review, works that compel scholarly exchange and entertain and enlighten the university's broadest constituency throughout the state, the nation and the world.

To order this book and others published by the Texas Tech University Press, visit its website, email ttup@ttu.edu or call (800) 832-4042. Books can also be purchased at the two Lubbock bookstore locations – Texas Tech University Press Office, 1120 Main Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the University Library, 2802 18th Street from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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