17 Black Female Judges Win Seats In History-Making Houston Election—And It’s About Time ?

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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.

People offered their congratulations.

And most were shook by how iconic all of these women are.

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.

H/T: Twitter, Independent


Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.