A Plan for Progress | Premiering Online June 28
HUB CITY HISTORY | It is 1923 in Lubbock, Texas, and City Ordinance 225 hits the books—an effort to ban African-Americans from living in any area of Lubbock west of Avenue C and north of 16th Street. It states: "Their residence is dangerous to the health and pollutes the earth and atmosphere." Some say the racist ordinance was not actually official nor enforced. But it also was not repealed until 2006—83 years after it was written.
Many Hub City residents may dismiss racist roots, viewing it as an unfortunate trait of our ancestors. But is our past, truly, in the past? That depends on whom you ask. A newer city document, a comprehensive plan for the future, outlines some of the challenges communities of color face in Lubbock and offers solutions. Now, it is up to the city to stick to Plan Lubbock 2040—and citizens are holding them accountable.
Join us for an all-new season of Beyond the Report—looking at the history of segregation in Lubbock and the hopes for positive change in historically Black neighborhoods.
BEYOND THE REPORT | A Plan for Progress | Premiering Online June 28
"My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be equal of any people anywhere.
All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life."
—Robert Smalls | U.S. Congressman, 1895