Rep. Helen Giddings received the DBCC Lifetime Achievement Award

Dallas, Texas —

Rep. Giddings received the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award this evening at the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce (DBCC) 92nd Anniversary Annual Awards Dinner at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel.

Giddings was the first woman to serve as Board Chair of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. She was recognized for her twenty-five plus years of hard work and leadership in the Texas Legislature. Giddings said, "What a blessing it has been to be chosen as one of 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives, serving over 27 million people in this state. I am appreciative for the many relationships that will continue to enrich my life."

Rep. Giddings priority in the Legislature has always been education and extending opportunities to Texas children. She led an effort to obtain a $25 million appropriation in the base budget for both historically Black colleges, Texas Southern, and Prairie View A&M. She kept the doors of Paul Quinn College open after raising $1.3 million and working with the Higher Education Coordinating Board to ensure degrees could be awarded. She has stood up for children throughout her career, securing alcohol free zones around schools and ending so-called "lunch shaming". She led efforts to overhaul juvenile justice laws to cease the criminalization of young children and reformed remedial education by establishing new standards to support students' success.

Whether it be creating the Academic Bridge Program at UTD, or partnering with Senator Royce West to establish the University of North Texas at Dallas, her commitment to education has never wavered.

In front of hundreds of community leaders, friends, and supporters, Rep. Giddings humbly accepting her award said " I have been entrusted with work which allows me the great opportunity to touch many lives in the most basic and profound ways, and for that I am eternally grateful. Although I am coming to the end of my legislative career, my public service will not end. I will always care about and continue working for our community."

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