Black History Program Will Honor President of the MLK Jr. Memorial Fund
February 15, 2012

Houston TX–Houston City Controller Ronald Green and Houston City Council Member Larry Green will host a press conference and reception saluting Black History Month and Harry Johnson, president of the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Fund.

 The event schedule is:

            1:30 p.m., Remarks by Controller Green and others;

            2:00 p.m., Proclamation presentation, City Council Chamber;

            2:30 p.m., Reception, Controller’s Conference Room, 8th floor, City Hall.

Mr. Johnson–a native Houstonian–led the fundraising drive to underwrite the statue of Rev. King that was unveiled in Washington D.C. November 2011.

“We are thrilled to have Harry Johnson in attendance at our event,” says Controller Ronald Green. “He will also be at the City Council meeting that day to receive a proclamation in his honor for a lifetime of good work and his recent success with the Rev. King statue in Washington.”

Also at the event will be a photo display of significant events in Houston’s African-American community’s history, a complimentary commemorative photo and a Black History Month Quiz available for students of all ages.


The History of Black History Month

Almost a century ago, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Kentucky-born, Harvard educated historian spoke of the lack of attention paid to Black Americans, and in 1926 began a series of lectures, symposiums and exhibitions in order to arouse interest for the little known Negro History Week in February. Dr. Woodson’s campaign was successful, and before long mayors and governors were issuing proclamations honoring Negro History Week.

Candidates Make Push on Eve of Early Voting
October 24, 2011

 With only hours to go before the start of early voting, political candidates spent Sunday crisscrossing the greater Houston area urging their constituents to vote in the election. 

One event drew several contenders vying for seats on  Houston city council, the Houston school board and Houston Community College.

Delta Sigma Theta sorority held a candidates forum at the organization’s headquarters in the third ward. Controller Ron Green, at-large position 5 incumbent Jolanda Jones and challenger Laurie Robinson, HISD trustee incumbent Paula Harris and challenger Davetta Daniels were some of the candidates who attended the forum, which included questions from moderator Cindy George and people in the audience.

Early voting runs through Friday, November 4. Election day is on Tuesday, November 8.

Turnout is expected to be low.

To find an early voting location click this link: