A prominent black preacher in Odessa, who spoke out in the 1980s against segregation in Ector County schools, Laurence Hurd is convicted of burglary and sentenced to prison, tarnishing his reputation (and similarly to that of Willie Hammond). Bissinger interviews Hurd, who has a hard time explaining why he gave up his position of influence to commit a crime. Bissinger notes that both Hurd and Hammond are evidence, for some white members of the community, of African American men whose influence leads to criminal behavior.
Laurence Hurd Quotes in Friday Night Lights
The Friday Night Lights quotes below are all either spoken by Laurence Hurd or refer to Laurence Hurd. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Perseus edition of Friday Night Lights published in 1990.).
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It wasn’t necessary to live in Odessa for long to realize that the Permian football team wasn’t just a high school team but a sacrosanct white institution. “Mojo seemed to have a mystical charm to it,” Hurd said.
Laurence Hurd Character Timeline in Friday Night Lights
The timeline below shows where the character Laurence Hurd appears in Friday Night Lights. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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