|HOUSTON - "I am saddened to hear that Houston lost a giant in the civil rights and labor movement. John Bland was a humble but fearless man who devoted nearly his entire
life to making our community better for everyone. |
"He retired last December as the Administrative Vice President at Transport Workers of America Local 260 AFL-CIO, but he never stopped working for what he believed. John fought to secure a seat at
the table for labor and to give them a voice during the decision-making process; he demanded respect, fairness, and equal opportunity for every worker.
"From an early age, John was an inspiring leader. While a student at Texas Southern University
in the sixties, John helped lead the first sit-in at the Weingarten Supermarket lunch counter. His passionate advocacy led to the desegregation of the lunch counters and other businesses throughout Houston.
"After I was first elected mayor and appointed
my transition team, I asked John to serve on the Traffic and Transportation committee because I valued his advice and friendship. I thank John Bland for all that he did to make Houston better, not for himself, but for those who worked alongside him
and followed in his footsteps. I encourage Houstonians to learn more about John and his legacy. History of John Bland.
"On behalf of the City of Houston, I extend my deepest condolences to John's loving wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and former colleagues. John has fought a good fight, finished
the course and kept the faith. He deserves our respect and gratitude."