(HOUSTON, TX 1/7/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Houston Chapter, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights group, congratulates a historic victory by American Muslim candidate in Houston. Dr. Letitia Plummer won Houston’s At-Large 4 Council seat. She is the first Muslim woman elected to City Council and was officially inaugurated on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
“ I am proud to be the first Muslim woman on Houston City Council. I come from a mixed-faith family and because of that, I have always appreciated the many different faiths in Houston. I am a believer in breaking down barriers, celebrating our similarities, and working through our differences. Thanks to my upbringing, I have learned to fight for justice for everyone. I will always be an advocate for interfaith coalitions for the betterment of our society,” Houston City Council Member Letitia Plummer At – Large No. 4.
The Councilwoman has a rich family history in Houston. Her grandfather who was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in Houston and became the first African-American judge in Texas, and where her father made a home with his Yemeni-born wife, became a dentist and provided health care for the underserved (a practice that Letitia continues today).
“We congratulate the success of Letitia Plummer whose victory and inauguration ceremony demonstrates the strength of our political system and the growing positive role of American Muslims in Houston and at every level of our society,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Lubabah Abdullah, Esq.
More than 80 American Muslims ran for office last year at the local, state and national level. This year, CAIR-Houston has worked to mobilize community members to vote during general elections.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.