Texas Black Caucus Leaders Unhappy With New Election Maps
December 4, 2011

The battle over redistricting faces another test. This time from members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, who have called a news conference on Monday, December 5, to discuss the interim Texas House Maps.

The group, which includes State Rep. Sylvester Turner, State Rep. Harold Dutton, State Rep.Alma Allen and State Rep. Borris Miles of Houston, believes historical African American communities are being torn apart for the 2012 Elections

According to a news release, the Houston-area members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus say the interim maps for the State House districts will have a devastating impact on neighborhoods and traditional communities of interest which bind together the African American community in the Houston area.

The news release says the four African American members of the Texas House from Houston will lay out just what this will mean to the community. Not all minority groups, especially African Americans, are happy with the interim maps as they believe their communities have been adversely affected. The news conference will be held at the site of a venerable community center, Hester House in the Fifth Ward, which is now stripped from its historical legislative district under the interim map

Ending the Poll Tax In Texas
June 1, 2009


During a legislative session when the Voter ID Bill stalled work in the Texas house and senate over several days,  State Representative Alma Allen, D-Houston, was quietly working to place Texas on record against the poll tax.

 HJR 39 passed unanimously in both chambers. 

In 1964, the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution ensured that a person’s right to vote could not  be abridged or denied for failure to pay a poll tax or any other tax.

At the time,  Texas  was one of five states still levying the poll tax, and one of only twelve states that did not ratify it.

The resolution sponsored by Dr. Allen,  finally  post – ratifies the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

After it was passed, the Texas Secretary of State was told to  notify  the archivist of the United States, and forward official copies to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.