The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Black Heritage Committee 24th Annual Black Heritage Western Gala

Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Black Heritage Committee recently gave its 24th Annual Black Heritage Western Gala that was held on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This memorable event recently celebrated the excellence and integrity of black media in the City of Houston. The Black Heritage Committee (BHC) was established as an official Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo committee in 1993, under the name Black Go Texan Committee (BGTC). The founding 50 members united in an effort to better serve Houston’s African American community while highlighting the pioneer and Western heritage of black individuals in Houston and throughout the state.

The annual black heritage western gala helps the lives of others by raising funds for scholarships for urban youth. Many are thrilled to attend the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo for this year’s Black Heritage Day that is scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2017. Debra Duncan (Host of Great Day Houston) & Khambrel Marshall (Anchor at KPRC Local 2) both served as emcees for the event. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Black Heritage Committee 24th Annual Black Heritage Western Gala Honorees include Keith Davis (D-Mars Business Journal), Roy Douglas Malonson (African American News), Sonceria “Sonny” Messiah Jiles (Houston Defender), Francis Page Jr. (Houston Style Magazine), Karen Carter Richards (Forward Times) and Dorris Ellis Robinson (Houston Sun).

Congratulations to all of the honorees, including one of our own, Forward Times Publisher & CEO Karen Carter Richards. Special guests include: Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, Jack Lyons, Joel Cowley, Jodie Jiles, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston City Council-Member(s) Amanda Edwards & Larry Green, & Houston City Controller Chris Brown.

Curtis Clerkley Jr. Honoree Keith Davis, Sr., D-Mars Business Journal, Lisa Pears and Dr. Terence Fontaine

Joel Cowley, HLSR President and CEO, Congressman Al Green and Jack Lyons, HLSR Chairman of Board

Senator Boris and Cydonii Miles

Curtis Clerkley Jr. Honoree Roy Douglas and Shirley Malonson – African American News, Lisa Pears and Dr. Terence Fontaine

Curtis Clerkley Jr. Honoree Karen Carter Richards – Forward Times, Lisa Pears and Dr. Terence Fontaine

Jack Lyons, HLSR Chairman of Board, Joel Cowley, HLSR President and CEO, Congresswoman, Curtis Clerkley, Jr., Officer in Charge and Dr. Terence Fontaine, Chairman

Curtis Clerkley Jr. Honoree Dorris Ellis Robinson – Houston Sun, Lisa Pears and Dr. Terence Fontaine

Cary and Judge Clarease Yates and family

Forward Times’ Chelsea L. White and Karen Carter Richards

Curtis Clerkley Jr. Honoree Sonceria “Sonny” Messiah Jiles – Houston Defender, Lisa Pears and Dr. Terence Fontaine

Khambrel Marshall and Debra Duncan, Mistress/Master of Ceremonies

Dominique Jones, Scholarship Recipient

Mr. and Mrs. James Davis and Victor Washington

Brannon Nealy, Karen Carter Richards and Jeffrey L. Boney

Diedra Fontaine, Dr. Joanna Thomas Smith, Donald Middleton, Commissioner Rodney and Licia Ellis