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:).
Chapter 5: Black and White Quotes
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.
Related Characters: Buzz Bissinger (speaker), Laurence Hurd (speaker)
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Laurence Hurd Character Timeline in Friday Night Lights
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Chapter 5: Black and White
Another prominent African American leader in Odessa, a reverend named Laurence Hurd, was also arrested and convicted in the early 1980s, for burglary. Hurd spoke passionately for... (full context)
Hurd, as Bissinger reports (presumably having interviewed Hurd in prison in 1988) came to Odessa from... (full context)
Bissinger closes the chapter by asking Hurd about his thoughts on football. Although Hurd believes football can be a source of good... (full context)