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Meet our outstanding Board of Directors

Syble Smith

Syble Smith Davis hails from Palestine, Texas. She came to Houston to attend Texas Southern University where she graduated with a BA and MA in English, with minors in Spanish and African-American Literature with a concentration on the Harlem Renaissance.

Patricia Smith Prather, Historian, Vice President

Co-founder and Executive Director of The Texas Trailblazer Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of blacks in Texas history.

​LaWanda Lewis Burrell is a native of Greenville, Alabama who has lived in the Houston area for over 20 years with her husband and three beautiful children. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Stillman College. ​

Hankins, who has worked for the Texas A&M University Libraries since 2003, is an associate professor, curator and archivist for Africana Studies, Woman’s and Gender Studies, and Arabic language. Also, she is a Regent for Exam Development for the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Amy Earhart, Ph.D., Board Member

Associate Professor Texas A&M University / Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1999 / M.A., The University of Tennessee, 1993 / B.A., Lebanon Valley College, 1991

Jacqueline B. Giles, Ph.D., Board Member

Associate Professor Houston Community College – Central / Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Engineering, Texas A&M University 1989 / Ph.D. Mathematics, Texas A&M University 1988 / M.S. Mathematics, Texas A&M University 1986 / B.S. Applied Mathematics, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1969 / B.A. Mathematics, Texas Southern University 1966

   Lana Cloth Edwards, is a dedicated educator who devoted 37 years serving the Houston, Texas community as a teacher, Magnet School Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and Principal.

She received her BA Degree in English Education from Dillard University; M. Ed. In Administration and Supervision from Texas Southern University; and advanced studies at the University of Houston.

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John Ferguson
Houston Resident

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