Hattie Mae White earned a spot in history by becoming the first black elected to public office in Texas since Reconstruction.
The mother of five decided to run for the Houston Independent School District board after hearing another parent announce that it was not time yet for a black to hold the office.
Her 1958 victory, which shocked the conservative political establishment, wasn't without incident. White's car windshield was splintered by air rifle pellets and a gasoline-soaked cross was set ablaze in her yard after the election.
White spent nine years on the school board, championing desegregation and racial equality during her nine years as a school board member. Conservatives eventually defeated her bid for reelection in 1967.
The Huntsville native also became the first black to serve on the board of the Houston YWCA Metropolitan Board of Directors and served for six years. Hattie Mae White also served on many other local boards and committees including the Race Relations Committee of the Council of Churches of Greater Houston, Program Director of Jack and Jill of America, Inc and member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Association for Better Schools.