Who’s Who in Black Houston hosted its sixth annual unveiling ceremony at Reliant Arena on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. Radio personality Larry Jones of Majic 102.1 FM delivered the welcome, followed by a heartfelt invocation by Min. Mia K. Wright, co-pastor of The Fountain of Praise.
Eric Lyons, the president of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, presented three, $2,000 checks on behalf of the National Black MBA Association, Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University. The scholarships were awarded to The Leaders of Tomorrow Case Competition winners 2012; Narissa Parkins, MBA candidate; and Chaney J. Ellis, mass communication major and marketing minor.
Vernita B. Harris, associate publisher and CEO of Real Times Media; and Hiram E. Jackson closed out the ceremony with the unveiling of the sixth edition of Who’s Who in Black Houston, which features Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; Congressman Al Green; and Harry Johnson, the president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Inc., on the cover.
“This book is dedicated to the next generation of dream merchants. [This is a] book filled with achievers and dreamers who have planned, prepared, failed, regrouped, prayed and tried again, again, and again. I am pleased to publish this notification book in which our kids and adults can dream in reality. [It is] a documentation of our contributions in 2012 — African Americans making Houston proud,” said Vernita B. Harris.