In celebration of Black History Month, Comcast has partnered again with City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to honor 10 community volunteers at the second annual Mayor’s History Makers Awards. Held at the Houstonian Hotel, the honorees will be recognized for their commitment to making a difference in the community through volunteerism, mentorship, advocacy and civic engagement.

In addition to being recognized, Comcast will also donate $1,000 to the nonprofit organization of the honoree’s choice.

The 2019 History Maker honorees were judged on criteria that included their personal impact in the community, helping further the mission of a nonprofit organization and overcoming personal obstacles. Our panel of judges for the awards included Comcast Houston’s Senior Vice President Ralph Martinez; City of Houston Press Secretary Mary Benton; City of Houston Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum; UNCF Area Director Juana Collins; Lone Star Veterans Association CEO Kevin Doffing; Houston Recovery Center Executive Assistant Marina Franco; Cámara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston President and CEO Adriana Gonzalez; Urban Enrichment Institute Executive Director Charles Savage; and NAACP Executive Director Yolanda Smith.

Comcast NBCUniversal takes great pride in its Diversity & Inclusion company-wide accomplishments and the dedicated efforts of Governance, Workforce, Supplier Diversity, Programming and Community Investment. As one of the world’s leading providers of entertainment, information, and communications products and services, Comcast believes it has the responsibility to reflect the customers and audiences it serves in all aspects of its business.

2019 Mayor’s History Makers Award Honorees and Nominating Organizations

Mayor Sylvester Turner Living Legend Award Winner

Patricia Smith Prather




Sam Alix

Nominating Organization: Gulf Coast Center/MVPN




Darryl Blackburn

 Nominating Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters





Donna Brownlow

Nominating Organization: Target Hunger




Leonard Donaldson

Nominating Organization: CanCare





LaShonda Johnson

Nominating Organization: The Mission Continues




Rev. William Lawson

Nominating Organization: LULAC




Howard Middleton

Nominating Organization: The HEART Program




Patrick Purnell

Nominating Organization: Mental Health America Greater Houston





Tiffany Sanders

Nominating Organization: Kid’s Meals Inc.