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‘Magic’ Campaign Lands 17 Black Women on Houston Courts

Posted/updated on: November 11, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston area’s courts are going to be a lot more diverse thanks to a group of 17 African-American women and their “magic.” The women, who were part of an effort dubbed the “Black Girl Magic” campaign, all won races Tuesday to be judges in various Harris County courts in an election that featured more black women on the county’s ballot than any other. The “Black Girl Magic” campaign debuted over the summer with a viral photo that featured the 17 women and two other sitting Harris County judges inside a courtroom. Although those two judges lost their bids Tuesday for seats on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, they will retain their local judgeships. Those behind the campaign say it was part of an effort to broaden the diversity of the Houston area’s judiciary and ensure that more African-Americans and other minorities can bring their backgrounds and life experiences to the bench and better reflect the diversity of the nation’s fourth largest city.


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