By: Courtney Riley, M.A.

The Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators (HAABSE) has made strides in the realm of education that has impacted Black communities and students across Houston, Texas, and the nation. HAABSE currently boasts a membership of over 200 Black educators committed to excellence in and out of the classroom.

HAABSE was founded in the spring of 1986 as an affiliate of the Texas and National organization. HAABSE strives to serve the Black community through its extensive network of educators and stakeholders. Julia Andrews, current President of HAABSE, mentioned that HAABSE is a “find your fit organization, we have something for everyone. You can be as involved as you like without pressure. We are an organization committed to helping like-minded professionals, not just educators but everyone who is invested in our youth. HAABSE’s network creates an environment focused on improving education arenas for Black educators and students.” Andrews currently works for the Harris County Department of Education as the Director of the Center for Safe and Secure Schools. Andrews joined HAABSE after becoming a HAABSE Teacher of the Year for her campus. After winning 2nd runner up for the organization, Andrews made a commitment to Dr. DuBose and the Late Dr. Bailey to give back to the organization and has not regretted a minute of it.

HAABSE has given many black educators a chance to create an outlet solely for black educators. TABSE President Elect, Dr. Chris Pichon stated, “Having a black organization to me means we have an outlet. An outlet to support each other, network, and have conversations about the challenges we face both personally and professionally without judgment.” Pichon serves as an Executive Director for School Administration and Principal Development. Pichon joined the alliance to grow and develop as an educator and an educational leader to transform the lives of students and their learning communities.

The organization’s goals include focusing on the students who are served by black educators. Current HAABSE Historian William Ealy, who serves as a K-8 Dean of Instruction, attributed that the organization has opened doors for many educators with job and mentoring opportunities and most importantly giving back to our students through scholarships and guidance. During Ealy’s first year as assistant principal, he relied heavily on support from past president Dr. Kwame Mensah, who responded to Ealy’s call for help when he felt like he was failing in connecting with teachers. Ealy was coached by Mensah and that relationship helped Ealy persist in his goal of being an effective educator.

HAABSE thrives on its goals of creating a meaningful and effective network of strength, talent, and professional support for students’ education. HAABSE provides support and information to students and families especially in preparation for college and beyond. Scholarships are awarded on behalf of HAABSE yearly by fundraising efforts of HAABSE members.

HAABSE members have learned several things to enhance the field of education. Principal Lisa Langston stated, “Through HAABSE, I have learned that there is power in unifying with others who believe in excellence and who know it resides in Black educators and students. Because of HAABSE, I have learned to expand my view as a principal to remove obstacles and create pathways to educational greatness. Langston is a vital part of HAABSE and leads the professional development committee within the organization. HAABSE has for years significantly improved the abilities of black educators and development of staff.

Chief of Schools and HAABSE member, Dr. Dawn DuBose has seen the organization grow and flourish and has committed to uplifting members of the organization. “This organization provides various opportunities to support education for all students, but more specifically for African-American children,” stated DuBose, “Plus, it allows for us to continue to receive exceptional professional development opportunities and to connect with other outstanding educators.”

Dr. Pichon commented, “HAABSE has produced master teachers, high integrity leaders, and amazing student scholars across the Houston area and beyond through professional development, leadership institutes, and scholarship programs, as well as annually recognizing outstanding teachers, student scholars, and living legends in Region IV for nearly 40 years.” HAABSE has an extensive history of motivating Black educators to connect and thrive with educators around the nation.

To join HAABSE, any educator can visit their website, and pay membership fees for varying levels of membership in the Houston, Texas or National chapter. Once a membership fee has been received, new members will receive a welcome packet describing the many facets of the organization and how to get involved in the committees. Langston encourages educators to join HAABSE to be a part of something that makes a difference in their professional lives and future. Every educator has value and talents that can be used in HAABSE to accomplish a greater good.

HAABSE Historian Ealy emphasized that you should join HAABSE for the opportunity to grow and gain tools to positively impact the classroom and the lives of our black and brown scholars.

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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