Houston ‘House of Degrees’
By: Georgia Provost
In the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “The purpose of education, therefore, is to educate everyone to think critically and to think intensively.” For one African American family in Houston, education plays a monumental role in their lives and in the lives of their children. Rev. Edwin A. Davis, Ed.D. and Charlotte J. Davis, Ph.D. have both had their own personal educational journeys. They both come from humble beginnings and have had to work very hard to get to where they are today.
Both doctors are native Houstonians who have instilled in all their children the importance and value of getting an education from an accredited university of higher learning. They have also been a great influence on many others who have gone back to school and pursued their college degrees.
As Dr. Edwin Davis has illustrated on various occasions, “once you get an education, it is the one thing that no one can take from you. They can take your title, position and material possessions, but they cannot take your education.”
One of their children has followed in their footsteps and is now Chelsea Davis-Bibb, Ed.D. Dr. Davis-Bibb recently successfully defended her dissertation on October 29, 2020 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Like her parents, she has encountered her own set of challenges on her education journey, but continued to persevere, keeping her end goal in mind and the influence of her parents as an example. She expressed, “I could not have done this without my parents’ guidance, love and support. They have been great role models and have taught me many valuable lessons that I hope to instill in my own children one day.”
Each one of the doctors hold multiple degrees. In total, they have 13 degrees collectively. Dr. Charlotte Davis holds one bachelor’s degree, two masters, and a doctoral degree from Sam Houston State University (2006). Dr. Edwin A. Davis holds one bachelor’s degree, three masters, and a doctoral degree from the University of Houston (2004). Dr. Davis-Bibb holds one bachelor’s degree, two masters, and a doctoral degree. It is amazing that this family has achieved these astounding accomplishments against the societal stereotypes and the racial disparities amongst minorities in education today.
The Davis family is not only proud of their daughter, Chelsea, for achieving her doctorate degree, but all their children have done very well. Their oldest daughter Erica recently received her masters from the University of Texas at Austin and was recently elected to the Harris County Board of Education, position 5. Their youngest daughter Courtney is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration and is an environmental engineer. Their son, Eric, was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant within the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
We salute this family for the great accomplishments and exemplifying excellence in achievement.
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 www.edwardsforhouston.com
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.
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