LULAC Council #4566 presented the Hispanic Heritage Month Awards recognizing newly elected officials on Friday October 4th, 2019 at the Amegy Bank Building in Uptown Houston .In attendance were community leaders, Consuls General, elected officials, students, and artists, all who support the Hispanic community in Houston. Everyone was there to honor Mrs. Mary Ramos, treasurer to one of the most respected and admired grass roots organizations in the U.S. – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) District VIII in Houston, Texas. LULAC’s mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.
Mrs. Ramos is a community activist. She was influential in convincing the FBI to investigate the Harris County jail deaths. She has worked with the NAACP Houston Branch and now sits on the board with WALIPP, Texas and the Mayor’s Public Safety Advisory Committee. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, Mrs. Ramos is quick to answer that she is most proud of developing a statewide resolution that allows Texas NAACP and Texas LULAC to work together on issues that affect the community. Together these organizations have been able to initiate the opening of the first Public Defenders’ office in Harris County and to help defeat the Voter ID bill.
Along with Terry Morales and Elizabeth Gonzales Brock, Mrs. Ramos hosted a beautiful evening. Awards were presented by the charismatic team of Steve Stephens, CEO, Amegy Bank and Kenny Mercado, CIO, Centerpoint. Honored that evening were Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia, Senator Carol Alvarado District 6, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Adrian Garcia, and Christina Morales from the Texas House of Representatives. An inspiring panel discussion about upcoming elections was held followed by questions from the audience.
Arts Houston Magazine’s John Bernhard, Honorary Consul of Switzerland along with Kelly Foreman, Amegy Bank’s Senior Vice President showcased a wonderful group of artists from Manteca, the nation’s first online directory of Latino creatives practicing in the literary, performing and visual arts, based in Houston. 18 artists out of 200 were selected. Pictured here with John Bernhard, Honorary Consul of Switzerland, and Kelly Foreman, VP Amegy Bank is Peso Zapata, winner of “Best in Show.”
By: Heidi PP-iF Magazine