RICHARDSON, EDDIE PRICE, JR.
RICHARDSON, EDDIE PRICE, JR. (1936–2010). Eddie Price Richardson, Jr., newspaper publisher and civic leader, was born in Carrollton, Mississippi, on March 29, 1936. He was the son of Eddie P. Richardson and Helen Love. He lived in Louisiana while growing up. After some years of school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served for several years, including time in Lebanon and Vietnam. As a saxophone player he spent time in a military entertainment group that offered blues and jazz. While in the Air Force he earned a GED and completed college courses at the University of Maryland. Eventually he earned a degree in sociology from McNeese State College in Louisiana. Richardson married Katherine Etta Shorter on April 5, 1958; they had two daughters—Karen and Angela.
Following military service he briefly worked in real estate in Louisiana. Then he moved in 1966 to Lubbock, where his mother lived, and he worked for a short time with an insurance company. Early in the 1970s he became a founder and instructor for the Opportunities Industrialization Center that taught job skills. To promote progress and attack problems, he joined T. J. Patterson in 1977 to publish a monthly newspaper, the Lubbock Digest. The paper later became a weekly and changed its name to the Southwest Digest.
In 1977 Richardson founded the Lubbock Black Chamber of Entrepreneurs to promote cooperation among business owners. He also helped organize the United Black Coalition to bring East Lubbock concerns to the attention of city leaders and officials. He was a member of the Texas Publishers Association and the National Newspaper Publishers Association. To encourage a sense of history as a foundation for future advancement, he served as a leader of the Lubbock Emancipation Celebration Committee, which resulted in his appointment to the Texas Juneteenth Cultural and Historical Emancipation Commission by Governor George W. Bush.
Richardson’s other civic interests included Habitat for Humanity; the South Plains Community Action Association, which he served as secretary for its board of directors; Assault on Illiteracy Program; and the Head Start program for pre-school education. A former elementary school was renamed the Richardson Head Start Pre-school.
Eddie Richardson died on December 19, 2010. A funeral service was held at the Church of the Blessed in Lubbock.
Samuel J. Ayers, African American Heroes of Lubbock (Lubbock: Lubbock Christian University, 2003). Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, June 12, 1998; December 21, 2010. Katie Parks, comp., Remember When? A History of African Americans in Lubbock, Texas (Lubbock: Friends of the Library/Southwest Collection, 1999). Eddie P. Richardson, Oral History Interview, November 4, 1999. Southwest Digest, April 21, 2005; June 30–July 5, 2005. Vertical File, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University.
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