Last week I had the honor of meeting Reverend William Lawson, a man of true faith and service in our community. We discussed his experience as a Civil Rights leader here in Houston, his work with other faith leaders to champion equality, and the values that are driving my campaign.
When I talk about holding up Houston as an example of diversity for our country, I’m highlighting the progress our community has made thanks to the efforts of leaders like Reverend Lawson. In 1962 he founded Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at his invitation in 1963. As the pastor of the church for more than 30 years and as a professor at Texas Southern University, Reverend Lawson proved what is possible when people engage in the challenging work of building an inclusive community. His work with the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity has helped underserved communities in our city, especially children and senior citizens.
I’m humbled to have the support of Reverend Lawson. As your representative, I will value the vitality that our community’s diversity provides, and I will work to ensure that our district grows as a place where all people are welcome to reach their full potential.
You can read more here about Reverend Lawson’s work in our community.