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Texas Legislative Black Caucus Town Hall Meeting
July 24, 2013 from 6:30p to 8:30p
McCoy Auditorium at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs on the Texas Southern University Campus
On Wednesday, July 24th from 6:30p to 8:30p, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus will host a Town Hall meeting in the McCoy Auditorium (Room 114) of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs of the Texas Southern University Campus located at 3100 Cleburne (Tierwester & Cleburne). The Texas Legislative Black Caucus has partnered with the KEY PAC, Houston Sun, Houston Forward Times, Majic 102 FM, KTSU Radio, KCOH 1230AM Radio and the Texas Southern University – School of Public Affairs.
The Town Hall meeting will provide unprecedented access to African American members of the Texas Legislature from the Houston-area as we cover topics such as the 83rd Session, the recent Supreme Court decision striking down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act and the impact on Texas, in particular on Voter ID, and the Trayvon Martin verdict.
This meeting will provide a unique opportunity for members of the community to discuss the 83rd Session, as well as how recent Supreme Court actions will have an impact on them. In addition, we want to have a discussion with the community on what lies ahead after the Trayvon Martin verdict. Further, we encourage and will provide an opportunity for members of the community to ask questions to members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus for a fulfilling, in-depth exchange benefitting all those in attendance with the most current information on the important recent actions which will impact their lives.
We encourage you to attend, it will be well worth your time.
For more information, contact Murry Matthews or Alison Brock at 1.866.885.8900 or 512.463.0554.
WHO: Texas Legislative Black Caucus Members
WHAT: Town Hall meeting to discuss the 83rd Texas Legislature, the recent Supreme Court decision striking down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act and the impact on Texas in particular on Voter ID, and the Trayvon Martin verdict
WHERE: McCoy Auditorium (Room 114)
Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
Texas Southern University Campus
3100 Cleburne (Tierwester & Cleburne)
Houston, TX 77004
WHEN: July 24th from 6:30p to 8:30p
WHY: To give unprecedented access to the community and press in order to provide an opportunity to discuss with and ask questions regarding the 83rd Session, as well as the recent Supreme Court decision striking down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act, and the Trayvon Martin case
The Texas Legislative Black Caucus truly appreciates all of the great people in attendance at the 2013 African American Legislative Summit. As native Texans and new friends from South Africa gathered for an amazing time, over 3,000 attendees were present during the 2013 African American Legislative Summit. From highly acclaimed international guests, rising young leaders from across the United States, and world-class comedians and performers; the Summit was a sight no one wanted to miss! Most importantly, none of this was possible without all of the wonderful people in attendance and for that the Texas Legislative Black Caucus thanks you dearly! Thanks again for all your kind support and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2015!!
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Join Us at Nelson Mandela International Day on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 4p to 6p in the State Fair Hall of State located at 3939 Grand Avenue in Fair Park, Dallas TX. FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
On July 18th, North Texans will join the world to salute one of history’s most revered human rights activists, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for his efforts to end South African apartheid. Prisoner 46664 (Nelson Mandela) spent much of that time in the Robben Island facility. Following his release, in South Africa’s first free election, he was voted President of the new democratic country.
In 2009, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared July 18th as Nelson Mandela International Day.
State Representative Helen Giddings is proudly leading the effort in Texas this year. Helen is the Honorary Consul from South Africa to Texas. South African Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Ebrahim Rasool, has appointed Ms. Giddings to head up the celebration. The day is called, “It’s In Your Hands” and will encourage a call to service for all Texans. Everyone is asked to volunteer 67 minutes of their day, on July 18th, to volunteer to help others. An ambitious goal of 1 million volunteer minutes has been established for North Texas. For 67 years, Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Peace prize winner, devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.
Here in North Texas, the day will be filled with public service followed by a rousing celebration and salute to organizations and volunteers at the State Fair Hall of State in Dallas. The celebration is designed to inspire all people to embrace the values shared by Nelson Mandela.
Come out and join us, as we celebrate the legacy of a true living legend.
The event, which is free to the public, will be on Thursday, July 18th from 4p to 6p in the State Fair Hall of State, located at 3939 Grand Avenue in Fair Park, Dallas TX.
For more information, please contact: Rochelle Brown, 214.476.3579 or Brandalyn Rodgers, 972.224.6795.
Make sure to register now, so that you can join us for the Comedy Showcase hosted by J. Anthony Brown and the cast of four talented comedians on Monday, February 25th from 8:30p to 10:30p during the 2013 African American Legislative Summit.
J. Anthony Brown, famous for his trademark catchphrase “Watch Out Deh Now” hoas been honing comedic craft for over 40 years now. A winner of the prestigious Peabody Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award, J. Anthony Brown has been a writer for the Arsenio Hall Show, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, Me & the Boys, and the Parent ‘Hood, among others. In addition to the awards and TV writing credits you may have seen him as host during two seasons of BET’s Comic View, as well as performing on Def Comedy Jam, It’s Showtime at the Apollo, Evening at the Improv, Martin, Moesha, Livin’ Single, and even Oprah. On the big screen, his movie credits include XXX-State of the Union, Mr. 3000, Drumline & How to Be a Player.
Over the airwaves, you can catch J. Anthony Brown on the Tom Joyner Morning Show as he helps wake up millions of radio listeners in over 195 markets. In addition, you can catch him on the new hit TV One sitcom, “The Rickey Smiley Show”.
While his media pursuits place him second to none, J. Anthony Brown is also an innovative business man. From his own clothing line, “The J Anthony Brown Collection” to his comedy spot, “The J. Anthony Brown Comedy Store ” in Los Angeles; he is truly a man whose talent knows no bounds.
Last but not least, J. Anthony Brown is a man who gives back to the community. After losing both parents to complications from diabetes and then being diagnosed with the condition as well, he made it his crusade to help combat this widespread affliction in the African American community. With the founding of the J. Anthony Brown Foundation, he is doing his part to help educate and assist children aged 6 through 17 who are diagnosed with diabetes in his native South Carolina. Not only this, J. Anthony is keenly aware of when the community at large is in need of help. Following the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, he responded to the crisis by helping to rebuild the community. As recognition for his tireless efforts, he was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award in addition to a NAACP Image Award.
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The 2013 African American Legislative Summit is almost here! You won’t want to miss next year’s event. The African American Legislative Summit, which is sponsored by HEB, will take place from Sunday evening, Feb. 24th through Tuesday afternoon, February 26th. The theme of the upcoming Conference is “the building of our Community starts with me”. With an expected 4,000 attendees, the 2013 Summit is slated to be better than ever.
We are proud to announce that the keynote speaker at the Scholarship Awards Banquet on Monday, February 25th will be none other than the young, bright, innovative and accomplished Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed.
2013 African American Legislative Summit Details
The Conference will kick off on Sunday evening, February 24th with the Black-tie invitation only, Chairman’s Dinner at the Hilton Hotel Downtown in Austin. On Monday morning, the Conference will begin in earnest in the House Chamber at the State Capitol. Following the opening plenary session, we will have a series of riveting panel discussions in the Capitol, then a luncheon on the Capitol Grounds. After the lunch, the Conference will shift to our host site, the beautiful Hilton Hotel in Downtown Austin where we will have dignitaries and noted celebrities to bring you even more stimulating panels and discussions. Later that evening, the TLBC Scholarship Awards Banquet will commence in the Hilton Hotel Ballroom, where we will honor the 2013 TLBC Scholarship Recipients. On Tuesday morning, the well-received Community Awards Banquet takes place at the Hilton Hotel and then the Conference wraps up with our final series of panels at the Hotel. With the roster of noted personalities and events planned, this Summit will be one to remember!
Chairman’s Award Dinner honoring Milton Carroll
The Chairman’s Award Dinner honoring Milton Carroll, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield & CenterPoint Energy, will take place at 7p on Sunday, February 24th at the picturesque Bob Bullock State History Museum a mere 3 blocks away from the State Capitol. This invitation-only black-tie affair, will honor the multitude of achievements of Mr. Milton Carroll. An innovator in the Oil & Gas industry, Mr. Carroll also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at CenterPoint Energy, Inc. & Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. A native Texan, the accomplishments of Mr. Carroll’s stellar business career are second to none. He is well deserving of this token of appreciation by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus for his inspirational achievements as an African American business man, who has excelled in a variety of endeavors in the business world. The Texas Legislative Black Caucus proudly salutes a fellow trailblazer at the inaugural Chairman’s Award Dinner.
Host Site- Hilton Hotel Info & Reservations
For your convenience, a very special room rate of $199/night is available for Sunday, February 24th and Monday, February 25th for a limited time only at the Hilton Hotel (a savings of $130), so please take advantage now. Room reservations at the Hilton Hotel Downtown for Sunday, February 24th and/or Monday, Feb. 25th are available now online at: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/TexasLegislativeBlackCaucus. If you are interested in a multi-night stay at the Hilton Hotel, please call 800.445.8667 (make sure to mention Group Code: TLB) and they can handle your reservation.
Stay tuned for more updates and we look forward to seeing you there!
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With a new year quickly approaching, the 83rd Texas Legislative Session is almost here. And that means the 2013 African American Legislative Summit will be here shortly as well.
So please join us at the 2013 African American Legislative Summit from Feb. 24th through Feb. 26th, at the State Capitol and our host site, the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Austin.
Next year’s Conference will be better than ever, as we have assembled an array of talented, accomplished and notable personalities that will be in attendance.
Please click here for free registration to attend the 2013 African American Legislative Summit.
2013 African American Legislative Summit Details
The 2013 Conference, sponsored by HEB, will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 24th with the invitation-only, Black-tie, Chairman’s Award Dinner honoring Mr. Milton Carroll. The Chairman’s Award Dinner, which is underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas & Centerpoint, Inc. will take place at the Hilton Hotel Downtown on Sunday evening, Feb. 24th. We are pleased to announce that in addition to honoring Milton Carroll and his notable business achievements, we will also have a special performance by noted Gospel artist and native Texan, Yolanda Adams.
On Monday morning, Feb. 25th the Conference will begin in earnest at the State Capitol as we will begin with an opening plenary session in the House Chamber, then continue with panel discussions at the Capitol that morning. Following the first set of riveting panel discussions, we will have a luncheon on the Capitol Grounds hosted by Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus.
After lunch, the action shifts to our host site, the Hilton Hotel Downtown for more riveting and stimulating panels that will be sure to invigorate the interests of all those in attendance.
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Dear Prospective TLBC Scholarship Applicant:
It is with great pleasure that the Texas Legislative Black Caucus unveils the 2013 TLBC Scholarship Program.
In 2013, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus will award over 60 scholarships, ranging in value from $1,500 to $4,000, to deserving high school seniors graduating from Texas high schools in Spring 2013 and who will enter college in Fall 2013.
While the majority of scholarships are dedicated to residents of Texas Legislative Black Caucus member’s districts, there are additional scholarships set-aside for high school students outside of those districts.
Therefore we encourage all graduating high school seniors from Texas high schools to take advantage of this beneficial opportunity and apply.
The deadline to apply has been extended until February 7, 2013.
So hurry & apply now!
The Texas Department of Transportation – Office of Civil Rights’ DBE/HUB/SBE Program will be conducting several meetings around the state to provide information regarding proposed changes to the DBE/HUB/SBE Rules that will have an impact on the administration of TxDOT’s DBE, SBE, and HUB Programs. TxDOT invites your participation in these meetings to share your position and solicit your input on proposed new rules and how they may impact your opportunities to do business with the department.
The information meetings will be held on the following days and locations to include a DBE/HUB/SBE Rule webinar on April 11, 2012. If interested in the webinar, please registerby April 10, 2012 e-mailing your request to: OCR_OutreachInfo@txdot.gov
SUBJECT LINE: DBE/HUB/SBE Rules Webinar and an e-mail confirmation will be e-mailed back to you to include the webinar call in details.
The dates and locations for the information sessions to be held around the state are:
4/18/12- 2-4 pm Pharr District (District Conference Center Rm 1 &2) – 600 W. Expressway 83, Pharr, TX 78577
4/23/12- 2-4 pm El Paso District ( HQ District Conference Center) – 13301 Gateway West, El Paso, TX 79928-5410
4/26/12- 9-11 am Dallas District (Dallas Room) – 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, TX 75150-6643
4/25/12- 2-4 pm Houston District (Auditorium Rm 143)- 7600 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77251
In compliance with ADA requirements, participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Christina Calvo by phone at (512) 486-5501, at least five working days prior to the event.
For more information about the meetings, please call (512) 486-5501.
April Is Minority Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know that Hispanic men and women have lower survival rates than whites for most cancers? Did you know that African Americans have the highest death and shortest survival rates of any racial of ethnic group for most cancers?
Survival disparity is attributed to late diagnosis, inadequate health care and cultural differences in seeking medical care. Aggressive breast tumors are more common in African American women compared to white women. Inadequate monitoring during a “watchful waiting” period is common to older Hispanic cancer patients.
The fact remains that minorities are less likely to receive cancer screenings, more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage, and have lower survival rates.
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is announcing the second year of its grant program, Healthy Kids, Healthy Familes. This program is for 501(c)3 organizations focused on promoting healthy communities.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is a three-year initiative designed to encourage health education, prevent and manage disease, promote physical activity and support safe environments for children with a goal to reach at least one million children.
The program works through investments and partnerships with non-profit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children directly, through schools, and other third parties. The program is supported by Health Care Service Corporation and its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
All not-for-profit organizations interested in applying for this grant are encouraged to visit: http://www.hcsc.com/commitments/healthy-living.html to review the program criteria or to submit an application.
Applications will open on March 1, 2012 and will close at 5:00 p.m. May 15, 2012.
The Texas Legislative Black Caucus celebrated an extremely successful 2011 Golf Classic on Monday, November 7th at the Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin, Texas.
The Golf Classic got underway with over 130 golfers representing generous donors and elected officials from a wide spectrum who gave up their valuable time and donations for a worthy cause. Proceeds from the TLBC Golf Classic will support TLBC scholarships, the bi-annual African American Legislative Summit, and many other charitable causes. This year’s TLBC Golf Classic raised over $300,000 which will be put to good use by the Caucus. The Monday morning tournament followed a Sunday evening “Chairman’s Dinner” for some of our cherished donors.
“I truly appreciate the outpouring of generosity and support at the 2011 TLBC Golf Classic. Without the help of our large contingent of supporters, we can’t continue to do the multitude of good deeds across the State of Texas,” said Chairman Turner.
“No good deed goes unnoticed, so I want to provide a special thank you to all of our donors for making this possible.”
In addition to countless representatives of donors at the tournament, the TLBC was also joined by special guest, Roland Martin, the noted TV One Commentator and CNN contributor.
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Chairman Sylvester Turner
& Members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus invite you to participate…
November 7, 2011 Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin
11:30 a.m. Registration
1 p.m. Shotgun Start
6:00 p.m. Awards Dinner
Sponsorship Levels: Diamond $20,000 Sapphire $15,000 Platinum $10,000 Gold $5,000 Silver $3,000 Bronze $1,500 Single $500* *Not a corporate sponsorship level.
Additional sponsorship opportunities: Bars, beverages, hole signs and title banner; shirts, hats, goody bags, boxed lunches, bev carts, contests and prizes.
Call Christine Garrison at (512) 292-3000 or email email@example.com . TLBC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Corporate contributions are permitted by State law.
Not distributed at State expense.
To Register or For more information on this wonderful event, please click here:
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Representative Dukes invites you to the 12th Annual African American Heritage Festival
Event Name: 12th Annual African American Community Heritage Festival
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Location: Huston-Tillotson University Campus at 900 East Chicon – Austin, Texas
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The Texas Legislative Black Caucus is pleased to announce a special guest for the African American Legislative Summit, acclaimed and reknowned actress Loretta Devine. Ms. Devine, a Houston-native, has appeared in over 93 films and television shows in a superb career that has spanned almost 30 years. She currently appears in the hit-TV show, Grey’s Anatomy and the all-time favorite Waiting to Exhale. Her roles have touched the lives of many and inspired countless others to pursue a craft that through her hard work she has made look very easy. At the Summit, the TLBC will name a scholarship in her honor to a worthy high school student who will attend college in the fall.
During the upcoming African American Legislative Summit on March 1, 2011, Senator Rodney Ellis will host his highly acclaimed, ground-breaking and extremely informational 2nd Annual Indigent Defense Summit at The State Capitol in Austin, TX.
Houston UYA brings baseball to urban teens
For more information on Major League Baseball and the current activities of their Urban Youth Academies, please check out the MLB’s new UYA website at: http://mlb.mlb.com/community/uya.jsp
Check out the story below on MLB’s Urban Youth Academy in Houston at Sylvester Turner Park.
HOUSTON — Mornings like the one on Saturday return Daryl Wade to the days of his youth, and opportunities that slipped away while reared in Acres Homes.
Middle schools in this urban neighborhood did not offer baseball to students, so those accustomed to playing Little League were forced into a temporary hiatus lifted only when they came of age in high school. For Wade, those three years lost were critical to his development, and likely spelled the difference between his flourishing as a teenager instead of as a sophomore first baseman at Paul Quinn College.
If there was a facility where Wade could have honed his skills as an adolescent, perhaps he might have burnished his abilities at a younger age and blazed an altogether different career path, one completely entrenched in baseball.
The Houston UYA hosted more than 130 local teens during a showcase. (Daryl Wade/Houston Urban Youth Academy)Wade could not help but contemplate what might have been as he gushed over what was. As the manager of the Houston Astros Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy, Wade beamed with pride as the seven-month-old facility hosted more than 130 local teenagers in a showcase orchestrated by two dozen scouts representing 26 franchises. When Wade accepted the position as manager of the Houston UYA, he had intimate knowledge of the influence it could have in Acres Homes.
“It’s a major impact,” Wade said. “There are kids out here who can play. A lot of the volunteers who are involved are former Little Leaguers from this community that I played with back in the day. It’s a great impact.”
The Houston UYA is the second of its kind developed by MLB, joining an academy built in Compton, Calif., more than four years ago. The Compton UYA has been wildly successful at connecting urban youth with baseball through multiple avenues from the 50 Academy alums playing professional baseball, the 150 who have earned college scholarships, and the 25 umpires and 10 groundskeepers in the Minor Leagues.
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