‘Black Girl Magic’ conjures up 19 female African American judges
Courthouses in a populous region of Texas have taken on a very different hue in the wake of Tuesday’s midterm elections, after 19 African American women ran for judge – and all won.
The women – who are all Democrats – campaigned together under the slogan “Black Girl Magic” and united for a pre-election courtroom photograph.
Their victories marked an unprecedented level of success for black female judicial candidates in the county, which includes the city of Houston. The county is home to 4.5 million people – 50% more than Wales – about 70% of them people of colour.
Pre-election figures revealed that while white men made up 30% of the Texas population, they filled 58% of state court judge positions.
“Equal opportunity for justice regardless of who you are – I think that with having an African American judge, a female judge, a woman judge – those are the kinds of things that we bring to the bench,” Latosha Lewis Payne, a judge-elect, told a local TV station. “And we bring an understanding of a person who may come from that similar background.”
Democrats won all of the 59 judicial races held in Harris county this week.
The 19 female African American judges in a photo posted on Facebook