While the nation is in heated discussions about the poor state of police relations with Black communities, at least one bit of history within the Houston police department has come full circle. Monday, the City of Houston formerly renamed Houston Police Department headquarters after the city’s first African-American, and longest serving, officer, Edward Thomas. Hired onto the force in 1948, after the war, Officer Thomas was often treated as a second class citizen by his peers in HPD. And yet he prevailed and mentored other officers through the decades and became a role model for leaders like current police chief Charles McClelland. (Video: KPRC 2 News)
Sunday, July 26th, marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A major work of civil rights legislation that was signed by a President from Houston, and was pushed heavily by an academic in the city’s Texas Medical Center.
President George H.W. Bush and Lex Frieden have been remembering this legislative effort this week, and it’s worth a watch and a listen to see how far they feel we have come. And although much work is still to be finished, they have certainly helped move more people out of the shadows and given them opportunities to be productive members of society. (Video: National Organization on Disability)
Houstonian Lex Frieden, a professor at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, played a significant role in bringing this issue to the attention of the former President. He remembered the fight for the ADA this week on Houston Matters. (Audio: Houston Public Media)