Back in August, the women assembled as part of their “Harris Black Girl Magic” campaign and the photograph of the Houston 19 is currently trending across social media.
LaShawn A Williams posted the picture on Facebook, writing: “Never did I imagine that the day I decided to run to be judge, I’d become a part of a club of phenomenal black women, sisters-in-law, gifted, brilliant, strong – everything I hope to be!”
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Houston Makes History as 19 Black Female Judges are Elected in Harris County
As noted by the bbc.com, their victory adds to the diverse range of candidates ever elected to Congress, including 111 women.
Many are STILL celebrating the election of the #Houston19, with one Twitter user writing: “And just know…when you go to court, someone soundin’ like yo mama is gonna read good before laying down judgement! ALL the things I love about this!!”
YE MA’AM!! Congratulations to the #Houston19! And just know…when you go to court, someone soundin’ like yo mama is gonna read good before laying down judgement! ALL the things I love about this!! pic.twitter.com/PG83cyeBCD
— Terésa Dowell-Vest, M.F.A. (@dowellvest) November 7, 2018
Unbossed. Unmatched. Phenomenal
w?men. This is how you dismantle an unjust system.?
— Shekinah (@Shknh_) November 8, 2018
The women ran together on a Democratic ticket, and they appeared on posters around the county with the slogan “Let’s Make History”
I often laugh when people talk about Texas, as if we are all gun-toting, right-wing extremists, because **THIS** is the Texas I know and love…a state of diversity, of big dreams, and moonshots made reality. #Houston19 https://t.co/v9BS6v2G2q
— Carolyn Rodz (@carolynrodz) November 8, 2018
The 19 Black women who won on Tuesday are: Sandra Peake, Judge Ramona Franklin, Judge Maria Jackson, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Holleman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda Dunson, Toria Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin, and Lori Chambers Gray.
According to the report, most of the new judges were born and educated in Houston and have spent at least a decade working in local law firms. 12 of the 19 are graduates of HBCUs.
Latosha Lewis Payne told local media: “I think that having an African American judge or having a female judge – those are the kinds of things we bring to the bench. And we bring an understanding of a person who may come from that similar background.”