19 black women ran for Texas county judge posts. Every single candidate won.

Tuesday night’s midterm elections had a series of historic firsts, including a record-breaking year for female candidates across the nation. but the results out of one Texas county may be the most feel good story of the year.

In Harris County Texas, 19 black woman ran for judge posts. And guess what? Every single candidate won their campaign.

The hashtag #Houston19 has become a rallying cry and celebratory corner of the internet for what many are calling the biggest electoral victory for black women in American history.


It’s another major victory for women of color and comes just a few months after a viral story out of Georgia where it was reported that every person in one city’s judiciary is a black woman.

Harris County covers most of the Houston area, which is the most diverse state in Texas. Still, overall, women of color make up just 19 percent of all judicial posts across America.

Seeing all 19 candidates win their elections is a feel good moment but it’s also an important reminder of how much work remains to be done to truly have our judicial system reflect those citizens it is tasked with serving.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.