The first African American woman to hold elected office in Lubbock has died at the age of 80. Joan Ervin was elected to the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees in 1970 and served until 1978. She also served on a Lubbock street naming committee and she was the first African American woman to serve on the University Medical Center Board of Managers.
City Councilman Floyd Price said, "She blazed trails for minorities. She was a pace setter."
Price also said, "She was a super intelligent articulate woman. Whatever she did, she did to the max. She was there for the community and for the city. She did what was right."
The specific cause of Ervin's death on Wednesday has not been publicly released but she had been in declining health in recent years.
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