Southeast Texas Black History Makers
Magic 102.5 & T Mobile are saluting local black historians and individuals that are making a difference in the black community. Nominate someone below and tell us in 102 words or less what this person has done or is doing, and why we should salute them on Magic 102.5.
Winners will be announced every Tuesday during Black History Month. Each winner chosen will receive a congratulatory greeting card from T.I. along with a download code for his new song “Pardon”. Each winner will also win an Amazon gift of their choice (up to $100), which will be shipped directly to them from 300 & T.I.
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Sherriff Zena Stephens is a first of many!
Sherriff Stephens is Jefferson County’s first female Major and Deputy Chief and the first black and first female Sheriff in Jefferson County. She’s also the First black female to become a Sheriff in Texas and is one of only two black female Sheriff’s in the entire country.
Sherriff Stephens began her career at the Beaumont Police Department in 1989 and in1996 she left the Beaumont Police department to work for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office where she spent 11 of 17 years as the Deputy Chief, before leaving to accept a position as the first female Chief at Prairie View A & M University.
Zena is a dynamic leader who is passionate about changing the face of law enforcement by building relationships in the community. She has 27 years of experience including extensive experience in managing law enforcement agencies
She’s earned many community awards in Jefferson County and has been recognized across the country for her law enforcement accomplishments. In 2006, she received the “Remarkable Women” award from Theodore John’s Library, in 2008 the Pioneering Women recognized her with the “Changing the World One Cause at A Time ” award in 2011 the Beaumont Branch of the National Association of University Women gave her a “Women of the Year Award” and this year we’re naming her a Southeast Texas Black History Maker on Magic 102.5!
Cedric Palmer is a History Maker!
Born and raised in Beaumont, Texas Cedric Palmer is a 2002 Central High School graduate and a self-made entrepreneur.
At age 34, he owns five businesses which includes Universal Tax Service, Black Box Media, a T-shirt shop, Elite Phone Repair and Cloud Products CBD dispensary. Cedric also prints and provides t-shirts for families who’ve lost loved ones and the community adores him and his contributions and that’s why we salute Cedric Palmer as a Southeast Texas Black History Maker.
Meet LaDonna Sherwood-Hailey!
I’m LaDonna Sherwood-Hailey a Beaumont native and Graduate of Clifton J. Ozen High School’s first Class of 2000. Also a graduate of University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations specialization. I received a Master of Public Administration from Lamar University Beaumont. I’m currently the Spokesperson/Public Relations for the Beaumont branch NAACP and the Assuming Vice President of the Southeast Texas Young Democrats. I Co-host Knowledge is Power podcast live and I’ve recently been called “Southeast Texas Stacy Abrams” because of my get out the vote initiative. I’m extremely proud of the local theatre I’ve been a part of with Beaumont Community Players and JWCPA. Moreover, I work with several organizations locally to improve and inspire Beaumont. I’m a small business owner handling all your insurance needs and I have medical transportation company where we work directly with Medicare and Medicaid providing services for this area. I’m a wife (Greg Hailey) and mother of 2 beautiful children (Kailey and Prince). It is an honor and a privilege to serve Jefferson County Communities in anyway I can to inspire and encourage younger people to get involved with their community.
Meet Constable Christopher Bates!
Constable Christopher Bates is the first black Constable elected in precinct 2 Of Jefferson County. Constable Bates offers scholarship opportunities to high school seniors who plan to pursue Criminal Justice, he has a Summer Camp program for underprivileged youth and every year, he hosts a Toy Drive for the Salvation Army. Constable Bates is a Port Arthur native who’s been in office since 2013 and he loves serving and empowering the community.