For forty years, the Holman Street Baptist Church family has been under the dynamic leadership of Shepherd Teacher Manson B. Johnson. On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the Holman Church Family and the community will honor and pay tribute to Shepherd Johnson for his extraordinary commitment, sacrifice, and service to our community. The “40th Anniversary Gala” will be held at the Ballroom at Bayou Place located downtown at 560 Texas Ave. at 7:00 pm preceded by a Red-Carpet VIP Reception. A portion of the gala proceeds will benefit the Southeast Houston Community Development Corporation, Inc., the governing body for East Side University Village Community Learning Center, founded by Shepherd Johnson in 1995.
Shepherd Johnson has remained committed to his outstanding pastoral ministry and community leadership. Because of his leadership and commitment to the revitalization of the Third Ward Community, the face of the community has changed both politically and economically. Shepherd Dr. Johnson has also pursued several economic development projects since 1977 and has completed over $7.5 million of projects on the ground.
This celebratory event promises to be a festive evening. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Southeast Houston Community Development Corporation, Inc., the governing body for East Side University Village Community Learning Center, referred to as EastSide University. The University is “a gathering place for knowledge for all people of all ages”. It is the adult education choice for those seeking to upgrade their literacy skills, enhance their preparedness for economic and lifelong learning opportunities and augment their quality of life. The Center’s philosophy is to be the catalyst that helps foster community empowerment and community pride.
The black-tie gala will be hosted by former Fox 26 Anchor Melinda Spaulding and Rev. Murray G. Martin, Pastor of Mother of Zion Church in Bay City, TX. Entertainment will be provided by multi-talented jazz saxophonist Theresa Grayson and highly appraised opera singer Michelle Johnson. Guest Speakers include: Former Lt. Governor of the State of Texas, David Dewhurst; Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins, District D; Jackie Aguilera, Former Dean of Students, EastSide University; Ms. Janis Burke, Chief Executive Officer, Harris County Sports Authority, The Reverend Lyndon Christian Johnson – Retired Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army/Pentagon and Karen Carter Richards, CEO/Publisher, The Houston Forward Times Newspaper.
The public is cordially invited to join in this well-deserved, community-wide tribute to Shepherd Johnson for his invaluable visionary leadership which has enhanced the quality of life for many in the city of Houston. Ticket information and sponsorship opportunities can be obtained online at www.holmanstreet.org.