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A number of new officers were name to the Texas Legislative Black Caucus leadership on this week. Chief among them was the election of State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, as chairperson.
“I am honored to have the confidence of my fellow African American legislators to lead the Texas Legislative Black Caucus during this critical time for our state,” said Giddings. “The talents and skills of every member of the TLBC will be utilized to develop an agenda that builds on past successes and confronts the challenges of today.”
Now serving her 11th term, Representative Helen Giddings serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.
Rep. Helen Giddings has a longstanding reputation as being an ardent education and business advocate; and recently lent her concerns over the recently overturned Texas Voter ID law. The statute was struck down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday.
“Today is a great day for Texas voters and Texas families. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that Texas’ Voter ID law places an unfair and unconstitutional barrier to our democracy,” Rep. Giddings said. “I am thrilled the court declared the right to vote shall not be infringed.”
The stringent Voter ID law passed in 2011 has proven to be an enormous barrier to democracy for Texas’ most vulnerable communities, including college students, the working poor, and the elderly. Some estimates have indicated that up to 700,000 otherwise eligible Texans have lost their right to vote since the law was passed.
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The Texas Legislative Black Caucus would like to congratulate the 2015 TLBC Scholarship Award Winners!
Please find the list of the winners below.
Charles Clark Scholarship Winner
Katelyn M. Mooneyham, Trinity High School of Euless, TX
Dr. Kneeland Youngblood Scholarship Winner
Victoria Mendoza, Connally High School of Austin, TX
TLBC Scholarship- $4,000 Scholarship Winners
Cherish Spears, Madison High School of Houston, TX- Rep. Alma Allen
James Lee Russell Jr., Madison High School of Houston, TX- Rep. Borris L. Miles
Marshala Wilkins, Lancaster High School of Lancaster, TX- Sen. Royce West
Victor Norris Jr., Dunbar High School of Fort Worth, TX- Rep. Nicole Collier
Georgette Rojas, Trinidad Garza Early College at Mt. View of Dallas, TX- Rep. Yvonne Davis
Genie C. Washington, Townview Business & Management Center of Dallas, TX- Rep. Eric Johnson
TLBC Scholarship- $1,500 Scholarship Winners
Olivia Ramsey, Humble High School- Rep. Senfronia Thompson
Yolaine Mfinyom, YES Prep North Forest- Rep. Senfronia Thompson
Juanita Saldana, YES Prep North Forest- Rep. Senfronia Thompson
Chelsea Conaway, Thurgood Marshall HS- Rep. Ron Reynolds
Tyler N. Turner, Ridge Point HS- Rep. Ron Reynolds
Lexis N. Whiting, Hightower HS- Rep. Ron Reynolds
Natalie M. Hipolito, Dr. Wright Lassiter Early College HS- Rep. Yvonne Davis
Jahmiila P. Wall, Cedar Hill HS- Rep. Yvonne Davis
TaDaija Dixon, Duncanville HS- Rep. Yvonne Davis
Giovanni Johnson, Kashmere Senior HS- Rep. Harold V. Dutton Jr.
Decory K. Edwards, Waltrip HS- Rep. Harold V. Dutton Jr.
Miguel Mendoza, Galena Park HS- Rep. Harold V. Dutton Jr.
Dekendric M. Sloan, Pinkston HS- Sen. Royce West
Kimberlie Scales, Bishop Lynch HS- Sen. Royce West
Ideisha Shanklin, Lancaster HS- Sen. Royce West
Germaine Jones, Lancaster HS- Rep. Helen Giddings
Ricky Dillard Jr., Lancaster HS- Rep. Helen Giddings
Shatavia Wafer, Townview Business & Management HS, Rep. Helen Giddings
Amber Roper, Townview Business & Management HS, Rep. Eric Johnson
Shentil Johnson, Pinkston HS, Rep. Eric Johnson
Dillon T. Kennedy, Booker T Washington HS, Rep. Eric Johnson
Bobbye Hampton, Townview School for the Talented & Gifted, Rep. Toni Rose
Sarai Garcia, Townview Health Professions, Rep. Toni Rose
Amanda B. Hernandez, Townview Health Professions, Rep. Toni Rose
Alan-Michael Sonuyi, Ridge Point HS, Sen. Rodney Ellis
Gabriella S. Rodriguez, Harmony School of Ingenuity, Sen. Rodney Ellis
Ashley Sanders, Thurgood Marshall HS, Sen. Rodney Ellis
Idalia Castro, Madison HS, Rep. Alma Allen
Priscila Mbaeri, Alief Taylor HS, Rep. Alma Allen
Luis G. Pineda, Madison HS, Rep. Alma Allen
Kiley B. Young, Warren HS, Rep. James White
Brittany L. Lightfoot, Omalaska HS, Rep. James White
Deontra Morgan, Kountze HS, Rep. James White
Krystal Medders, Victory Early College HS, Rep. Sylvester Turner
Sheary Mandapat, Booker T Washington HS, Rep. Sylvester Turner
Jasmine Guillory, Carver HS, Rep. Sylvester Turner
Jolie G Russell, Ozen HS, Rep. Joe Deshotel
Tavian Edmondson, Ozen HS, Rep. Joe Deshotel
Hebert J. Griffin, Jr., Memorial HS, Rep. Joe Deshotel
James C Pierce II, Booker T Washington HS, Rep. Garnet Coleman
Brittany Spriggs, Booker T Washington HS, Rep. Garnet Coleman
La’Ambria Johnson, Dunbar HS, Rep. Nicole Collier
Tamarian Lawson, Dunbar HS, Rep. Nicole Collier
Stacey Hughes, KIPP Sunnyside HS, Rep. Borris Miles
Michael Suber, Mickey Leland College Prep Academy, Rep. Borris Miles
Makayla Gray, Connally HS, Rep. Dawnna Dukes
At-Large Winners- Non- TLBC Member Districts
Desmond Sims, Northshore HS, Channelview
Ruby Diaz, Galena Park HS, Houston
Essynce Henderson, Manvel HS, Pearland