My Father was the first African American to serve on the Houston City Council since Reconstruction. That means in 1970 when he was elected, no Black had served in the previous one hundred years prior to his election. What a bold and audacious concept that he could do such an amazing feat. As I reflect on this, I wonder if it had much to do about the times, and the changing of them. Pretty amazing, timing or not, but he was a person that believed in the concept of self-actualization. (becoming everything that one is capable of becoming) He’d always say to me, “make yourself a committee of one”. As I got older, I began to understand what that meant. That you need not wait until an idea that may be difficult for some made it an impossible idea for others. Of course there were those that said wait, the time was not quite right, but the time is always right to do right, no matter how difficult the challenge. Trust – The Time Is Now.
This upcoming Thursday August 13th, the National Urban League will unveil the 2020 State of Black America whereby we will mark the movement of history for African Americans and other marginalized communities over the past year. I invite you to learn more about this historic event and be prepared to tune in by visiting the State of Black America website now to ensure you are ready to receive the latest information on our successes and our ongoing struggles to achieve equity and equality in “The State of Black America 2020 Unmasked!” Join (HAUL) Houston Area Urban League and watch!