Who Are We

History

The Houston Black American Democrats is a democratic organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities.  H-BAD strives to create an enlightened community by engaging people in all aspects of public life through service/volunteerism, advocacy, leadership development and voting.

The Houston Black American Democrats seeks to serve as an effective convener and facilitator at the local, state and national levels of efforts to address the disenfranchisement of underserved and other marginalized communities through civic engagement

H-BAD has a strong membership of individuals representing a diverse constituency base including; women, men, members of the LGBTQ community, youth, seniors, educators, faith leaders, public policy makers, researchers and others. H-BAD has adopted a year-round civic engagement program structure called H-BAD 365 in order to maximize its ability to increase Black civic engagement and voter participation on a year-round basis.

Purpose

The Houston Black American Democrats has adopted the following purpose:

  • Stimulate in Black Americans an active interest in governmental affairs
  • Facilitate the participation of Black Americans in the Democratic Party
  • Perpetuate the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party
  • Provide education and keep Black American citizens abreast of current issues

  • Help acquaint voters and potential voters with candidates and relevant issues

  • Promote the highest degree of governmental response to public need
  • Promote and facilitate economic development as it impacts and interfaces with political participation in the Black American communities of Houston and Harris County

  • Provide political influence and visibility far beyond our numbers

  • Attract new members to H-BAD

  • Promote education and political advocacy of democratic ideals to young Black Americans

  • Act as an effective tool for voicing the needs, concerns, and expectations of the Black American community of Houston/Harris County and
  • Support those candidates and political initiatives that perpetuate the ideals of justice and social welfare

Vision

H-BAD envisions a nation in which all people, from youth to seniors, have the tools to participate fully in the democratic process at the local, state, national and global levels. By continuing to lead the fight to eliminate barriers to civic participation, the H-BAD will promote greater social and economic justice to enhance the quality of African American life.

Board Members

Chair

Audrie Lawton

First Vice-Chair

Rashad Cave

2nd Vice-Chair

Almeda Dent

Recording Secretary

Elisabeth Johnson

Treasurer

Joy Dawson-Thomas

Corresponding Secretary

Charles Miles

Sgt-at-Arms

Christian T. Evans

Chaplain

Clint Horn

PAC Treasurer

Toni Middleton Lewis

Advisory Committee

Dr. Carla Brailey

Mr. Carl Davis

Mr. Laolu Davies

Mr. Odus Evaghbaru

Ms. Camille Foster

Attorney Chris Hollins

Mr. John Humphries

Mrs. Toni Middleton Lewis

Mr. Carroll G. Robinson, Esq.

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