The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

October 22, 2012

Candidate speaks at NAACP event

By JOSEPH HAMRICK
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Tonya Holt, democratic candidate for Texas 5th District of Court of Appeals, was the keynote speaker at a meeting held Saturday at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center.

Holt touted her 17 years of practicing law and said she has earned the nomination, she said at the event for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“This is the largest judicial race in the state,” she said. “And I can assure you that I am more than qualified for this race.”

Holt said she disagreed with a Republican woman who said that women have achieved equality.

“Women are still fighting for health care rights, equal pay and being thought of as equal,” she said. “It may be true in her world but it’s not true in Black America or Latin America.”

According to Holt, although her race has won victories in civil rights, more is needed.

“My mother remembers having to walk on the opposite street to school,” she said. “We’ve come a long way since then but there’s still a long ways to go.”

Holt urged the attendees to get out and vote.

“Part of moving forward is getting out the door,” she said.

Holt also expressed who they should vote for.

“I’m not going to tell you that I don’t care how you vote,” Holt said. “Vote straight ticket democrat.”

Holt said schools are trying to take an important part of American history out of the textbooks.

“They are trying to take out the mention of slavery in history classes,” Holt said. “While we hate that slavery happened, we are proud we made it out of that and it should be taught to remind us.”

According to Holt, there is a misconception that America has overcome racism.

“People think that because we have a black president that the world is a different place,” she said. “We still have a long way to go.”

Holt said she is grateful to the NAACP and the contributions the organization has made toward America.

“The NAACP has been a shining light since 1909,” she said. “We achieve excellence if we keep moving forward. We’ve come too far to turn back now.”