The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Houston Branch Freedom Fund Advocacy and Awards Gala was full of joyous Mardi Gras spirit. Festive in the traditional Mardi Gras colors, there was a lot to celebrate. Texas Congresswoman Shelia Jackson-Lee gave a heartwarming and beautiful tribute to our Mayor Sylvester Turner as he approaches his final months of service.
Mayor Turner gave an inspiring speech that thanked everyone for allowing him to serve his beloved hometown. Songstress Kathy Taylor brought down the house with her inspirational vocals. The President’s Awards were awarded to Dr. Joseph Gathe Jr. ( Healthcare Advocate of the Year), Courtney Johnson Rose (Housing Advocate of the Year), and Argentina James (Economic Empowerment Advocate of the Year). The Legend Awards Honorees were Dusty Baker, Ricky Anderson, Carol Mims Galloway, Tina Knowles Lawson, and Pastors Juanita and Dr. Rudy Rasmus. The 2023 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award Honoree was The Honorable Senfronia Thompson. It was a great night to celebrate the great works of multiple awardees who have truly made a difference in countless Houstonian’s lives. Congratulations to the individuals who won awards!