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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
You Can Make It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/19/1937
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
You Can Make It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/19/1937
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

State Representative, Hon. Albert Ely Edwards was born in Houston, Texas on March 19, 1937. Edwards is the sixth child out of the sixteen children born to Reverend E. L. Edwards, Sr. and Josephine Radford Edwards. He graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School and attended Texas Southern University, earning his B.A. degree in 1966.

At the age of forty-one, Edwards entered politics and was elected to the Texas State Legislature from Houston’s House District 146. His first major goal was to ensure the establishment of a holiday that recognized the emancipation of slavery. In 1979, legislation recognizing Juneteenth Day, initiated by Edwards, passed the Texas State Legislature and was signed into law. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday in fourteen states of the United States. Celebrated on June 19th, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. While serving in the legislature, Edwards also founded his own real estate company.

Though deeply involved with local issues, Edwards remained active in many issues outside the Texas State Legislature. In 1983, Edwards was appointed as a member of the board of Operation PUSH. Edwards also served as the Texas State Director of Reverend Jesse Jackson’s two presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988. In 1986, Edwards also founded Operation Justus, a community faith-based organization that serves as a referral service for persons with social problems and concerns. Edwards was also arrested in Houston and went to jail for peacefully demonstrating against apartheid in South Africa in 1987. Edwards left the Texas legislature in 2007 after twenty-eight years of serving the people of District 146. As a veteran member of the Texas Legislature, Edwards served on three influential committees. He was the Chairman of the Rules and Resolutions Committee, Chairman of Budget and Oversight of the Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Appropriations Committee.

Albert Edwards was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 10, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes the Trinity Gardens community in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his early work experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Albert Edwards remembers his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls his employment during college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls a lesson from his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Albert Edwards talks about corporal punishment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls his decision to attend Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Albert Edwards talks about the religious organizations in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls the civil rights protests in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Albert Edwards remembers playing sports at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his experiences at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls improving his grades at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his career after graduating college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls filing an employment discrimination suit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Albert Edwards remembers his career in sales
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his decision to run for elected office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls his election to the Texas Legislature
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Albert Edwards remembers campaigning to mandate black history education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls the civil rights protests at historically black colleges in Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Albert Edwards talks about the history of Juneteenth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Albert Edwards remembers introducing a bill to recognize Juneteenth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Albert Edwards recalls negotiating for his Juneteenth bill
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Albert Edwards remembers the passage of his Juneteenth bill
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Albert Edwards talks about the national recognition of Juneteenth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his legislative accomplishments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Albert Edwards talks about President George Walker Bush
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Albert Edwards talks about Barbara Jordan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Albert Edwards talks about his legislative priorities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Albert Edwards reflects upon the mass incarceration of black youth
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Albert Edwards reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Albert Edwards reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Albert Edwards talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Albert Edwards describes how he would like to be remembered