My Friday turned out to be a busy one.
Dee Dee and I joined a group of our fellow Houstonians at 2 PM CST who protested Lt. Governor Dan Patrick when he was invited by Houston Crime Stoppers to their dedication and ribbon cutting for their new headquarters building named for longtime Houston TV news anchor Dave Ward.
While we were respectful to other speakers including Dave Ward, who all of us grew up watching and is a beloved media icon here, we had no such love for our oppressive lieutenant governor, and we let him have it when he stepped to the mic.
He was visibly disturbed when we booed him and yelled ‘Flush SB6’ and ‘No hate in the Lone Star State” among the other slogans we yelled at him while he was at the podium.
We obviously got on the nerves of someone besides Dan Patrick, A white male attendee walked over to our protest group standing on the sidewalk off the property to complain we were ‘ruining the occasion’. I said in response “The time is always right to talk about human rights” while others in our group pointed out before HPD pulled him way from us that if Crime Stoppers wanted a drama free ribbon cutting, they shouldn’t have invited the polarizing lieutenant governor of this state to speak.
Once that event was over, I went a few blocks north up San Jacinto Street downtown to the Harris County civil courts building on Caroline Street to watch the investiture ceremony in the packed ceremonial courtroom on the 17th floor of my good friend Ursula Hall, who is now judge of the 165th Civil Court.
She was elected in the wave of Democratic judges we swept into power when we flipped Harris County blue on November 8. Many of those newly elected judges were in attendance at her investiture ceremony that started at 4 PM.
The Hall family in Houston is well respected in Black Houston. Her father Anthony Hall, Jr, was a Houston city councilmember who ran and narrowly lost a 1978 US Congressional race to succeed Barbara Jordan to Mickey Leland.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis were just two of the local political luminaries who spoke at her investiture ceremony.
The ceremony had me in tears at one point, and Judge Halls’ speech had a line in it that I have been pondering ever since I left it and returned home.: ‘
“To whom much is given, much is required.”
It was a joy to watch someone I have known for years and has served as a Houston municipal judge finally get elected to a state bench and I was happy to be there to witness it.
That’s how i spent my Friday. What did you do on yours?