Morehouse alumni Mayors Steven Reed and Randall Woodfin endorse Hollins

Hollins gets SpelHouse boost during Morehouse College Founder’s Week

HOUSTON, TX – Chris Hollins, a 2007 graduate of Morehouse College, received endorsements this week from fellow alumni Mayor Steven Reed ’96 of Montgomery, AL, and Mayor Randall Woodfin ’03 of Birmingham, AL. The announcements came during Founder’s Week at their alma mater, which takes place February 14-19 in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I’m proud to endorse my friend and Morehouse brother Chris Hollins to serve as the next Houston Mayor,” said Mayor Reed. “Chris is a capable leader whose ability to persevere and uplift communities was displayed during the pandemic when he protected voting rights for over 2.5 million Houston-area voters. Chris represents a new generation of servant leadership, and Houston voters should be confident that he’s ready to govern.”

“Chris Hollins is one of the sharpest brothers I know, and I’m honored to endorse his campaign for Houston mayor. I’ve known Chris for years and sincerely believe he has the integrity and leadership experience to take on the challenging role of mayor,” said Mayor Woodfin. “Chris broke voter turnout records as Harris County Clerk in 2020, and continues to break records as a mayoral candidate with grassroots fundraising. He’s building a real movement for Houston’s future, and I’m excited to support his vision for progress.”

Morehouse College has prepared young Black men to change the world through service and leadership for over 150 years. The renowned Historically Black College (HBCU) has established a legacy of excellence that continues to grow with graduates like civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., U.S. Senator Ralph Warnock, film director Spike Lee, and renowned actor Samuel L. Jackson.

“Morehouse is a tight-knit brotherhood full of mentors who inspire and challenge each other, and I’m fortunate to have leaders like Mayor Reed and Mayor Woodfin serve as influential guides,” said Hollins. “They each learned valuable lessons in servant leadership from Morehouse and used them to generate change in their hometowns, and I look forward to doing the same in Houston.”

Morehouse alumni powered Woodfin to a historic 2017 win. “My Morehouse brothers across this entire nation have stood tall for me,” Woodfin stated in the Birmingham News. “I am surrounded by brothers who have said we know your heart, we know your commitment to your hometown, when you call upon us we will descend upon your city and do whatever is necessary to be a part of it.”

But Hollins has also gained support from Spelman College alumnae, many of whom were charter members of Women for Hollins. Yesterday, local attorney, former Democratic candidate for state representative, and 2007 Spelman alumna Akilah Bacy also announced her support for Hollins.

“I’m excited to endorse my friend Chris Hollins for Houston mayor because I know what he’s capable of achieving,” said Bacy. “Chris is an effective leader whose love for his hometown of Houston was demonstrated in his heroic effort to defend voting rights during the pandemic. Continuing to move Houston forward requires a problem-solver who knows how to bring people together, and Chris is the right person for the job.”

The SpelHouse community is urging all Morehouse College and Spelman College alumni to contribute $18.67 to the Hollins campaign during Morehouse College Founder’s Week in honor of the school’s founding in 1867.