LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock is mourning the loss of community leader Eric Strong tonight, who championed efforts to improve East Lubbock.
Strong was a graduate of Dunbar High School. He graduated from Prairie View AT&M, before going on to Texas Tech, where he earned his masters degree.
Strong went on to work for Texas Tech for more than 20 years.
He was named Man of the Year twice, once by the Confederated Women's Clubs of West Texas and a second time by the area chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
He was awarded Texas Man of Distinction by the National Business League of Texas and Top Techsan by Texas Tech University.
We spoke with his dear friend, Shirley Green, on Saturday evening. She said Strong was like a brother to her, and said he was, "A loving, caring, person who didn't see color...he just saw people and hope for everyone."
Strong was Director of the Lubbock Roots Historical Society.
His most recent project was the design and development of the Historic East Lubbock Gateway, dedicated to educating people all over the world about the influence of African American culture in West Texas.
Strong was 64 years old.
You can learn more at his web site: http://ericstrongstoryteller.com/