Beulah Shepard

Beulah Shepard

Beulah Ann Shepard was a political icon, a community activist, and also the fourth of seven children. Beulah was born on June 14, 1921, to her parents, Emmitt and Queen Raleigh in Plain Dealing, Louisiana. Beulah only received a formal education and was also largely self-taught. In 1948, Beulah decided to leave Louisiana to help care for a sister with a new baby who lived in the African-American Acres Home community of Houston, TX. That year she succeeded in paying $1.50 for her first poll tax just so Beulah could vote. She decided to live in Acres Homes permanently and she first gained an employment as a store clerk. Soon after, in 1954, Beulah happily married Lee Shepard and even raised 10 CHILDREN!!!!!!!! Beulah was first exposed to politics when she became a volunteer for Lyndon B. Johnson’s U.S. senate campaign in 1948. Volunteering in the campaign taught Beulah to attend rallies while studying candidates and their platforms as well. Beulah also realized the effect of the ballot on her life. From that point on, she decided to work with many Democratic cities as well as countries, states, and also some national campaigns for over 50 years and never ever ever missed the opportunity to vote in ANY election. Between rallies, Beulah normally worked as a cook, a waitress, a maid, and even a furniture salesperson. Beulah’s everlasting persistence for political and even civic equality for blacks earned the respect and admiration of local and national politicians who sought her advocacy and gave her 24-hour access to them. Beulah even received invitations from the White House and also met presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. Beulah Shepard was often the unofficial “Mayor of Acres Homes”. Beulah was also a charter member of Acres Homes Chamber of Commerce and helped organize the Acres Homes Health Council. In 1991, after many years of dedicate service to her community, Beulah retired. In honor of her success, the Acres Home Center for Business and Economic Development was named after Beulah in 2004. Unfortunately, after long years of hard work, services, and a great help with our community, Beulah Ann Shepard died on September 11, 2010, after suffering a stroke in 2007. Beulah left a prominent legacy behind. In honor of Beulah Ann Shepard, the city of Houston officially named the Beulah Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library after her. Hopefully we can encourage young readers and children like me to think about going to the Beulah Shepard library and maybe check out a book or two. It will help our literacy and help us remember the woman who always loves helping her community, Beulah Ann Shepard.

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October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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