Thomas “Mickey” Leland
George Thomas “Mickey” Leland was born November 27, 1944, in Lubbock Texas, to Alice and George Thomas Leland, II. Growing up in a predominately African-American and Hispanic neighborhood, Mickey’s first experience with the “public” was in a segregated public school.
At an early age, he, along with his mother and brother (William Gaston Leland), took up residence in the Fifth Ward of Houston, Texas. As a student Mickey showed promise early. He ranked in the top 10% of his class when he graduated in 1964 from Phyllis Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas. While attending Texas Southern University (TSU) in the late 60’s Leland was a vocal leader of the local civil rights movement and brought national leaders of the movement to Houston. He graduated from TSU’s School of Pharmacy in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. He served as an Instructor of Clinical Pharmacy at his alma mater from 1970-71.
The TEXAS STATE LEGISLATURE:
The UNITED STATES CONGRESS:
The CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE:
In 1983 Mickey married Alison Clark Walton. Mickey fathered three children Jarrett, and twins, Austin and Cameron.
In 1988 Mickey was becoming increasingly active
in international human rights and world hunger issues. He worked endlessly
to solve the problems of domestic and international hunger and malnutrition.
On August 7, 1989, Leland was leading another humanitarian mission when
a plane carrying Mickey, members of his Congressional staff, State Department
officials, and Ethiopian nationals to a United Nations refugee camp in
Ethiopia crashed in a mountainous region. There were no survivors.
The Leland Center is tax exempt under Sections 501 (c)(3) and 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, The Mickey Leland Center is exempt from taxation based on Article 7150, Texas Civil statutes, and Section 11. 11 of the Texas Tax Code.
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