Seventeen black female judges made history last Tuesday when they were elected as district judges in Houston, Texas. They all decided to run as a group effort, and soon they will join two other black female judges on the court forming what many are dubbing the “Houston 19.”
These newly elected judges are making up much needed demographic ground. The Gavel Gap stated that only 12% of Texas state judges are women of color, despite making up 28% of the state’s population. Conversely, white men make up 52% of the state’s judges while being only 21% of the population.
People were thrilled about the watershed moment.
YE MA'AM!! Congratulations to the #Houston19! And just know...when you go to court, someone soundin' like yo mama is gonna read good before laying down judgement! ALL the things I love about this!! pic.twitter.com/PG83cyeBCD— TDV, First of Her Name... (@dowellvest) November 7, 2018
Who rules the world?...— NextStepFree (@NextStepFree1) November 10, 2018
All right Houston!!!! Way to show up people. It is a beautiful thing!— InalienableRights (@mwstubbs05) November 8, 2018
People offered their congratulations.
Congrats to these Wonderful Women.— LitecoinGreatGreatGrandfather[LTC] (@LitecoinTips) November 8, 2018
Congratulations, your honours (what is the correct way to address a collection of judges?)— ishara (@ishara) November 9, 2018
Change is happening! So happy for them all. Congratulations!— Mica England (@mica_england) November 8, 2018
And most were shook by how iconic all of these women are.
In awe of the #Houston19. All 19 of these incredible Black women won their races in Harris County last night, marking the single biggest victory for Black women in the county's history.https://t.co/9hjCvs8GEL— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) November 8, 2018
Damn. I needed this image. Representation matters. Even as a Mexican American, this is representation.— Claudette Perez Przygoda (@claudperezygoda) November 8, 2018
One word. Wow.— Gabriela D. Lemus Ph.D. (@GabrielaDLemus) November 8, 2018
Historical! Look for the great things happening, and we will find them!— Kristen Vandalay🍑🍑🍑 (@kristencompton) November 8, 2018
That picture truly is a thing of beauty! 😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️— 💧My Halo Broke 🌈🇪🇺🌊 (@AB_Owl) November 9, 2018
Harris County, meet your district judges: Sandra Peake, Judge Ramona Franklin, Judge Maria Jackson, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Holleman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda Dunson, Toria Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin, and Lori Chambers Gray.
More of this, please.