Mickey Leland Center on Hunger, Poverty and World Peace

mickey-leland-centerThe mission of the Mickey Leland Center on Hunger, Poverty, and World Peace at Texas Southern University is to serve as a state and national resource for information on the problems of global hunger and peace. The center continues the work and adds several key variables that impact our global community health, resilience, and overall security, this focus is in line with the United Nations' focus on global poverty. The research and working groups of the center are formulated in order to realize the center's primary goals. 

In 1973, TSU was designated by the Texas state legislature as a "special-purpose institution of higher education for urban programming.” The mission of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (SPA) at Texas Southern University is to serve as an urban-focused community of learning dedicated to educating professionals who will plan and administer environmental healthy and sustainable communities at the local, state, national and international levels of society. 


The Mickey Leland Archives

Texas Southern University is the largest research repository of the political documents and artifacts of the 18th Congressional District of Houston, Texas. The Leland Center is the custodian of the Mickey Leland Archives and Papers. The Mickey Leland Archives is a collection of the late Congressman Leland’s files, photographs, articles, speeches, campaigns, and memorabilia. Alison Leland the widow of the late Congressman, donated this collection to Texas Southern University in 1989. The Mickey Leland Archives provide a search engine for researchers of the archival material currently documented and available either online or by visitation once discovered via the online search tool. The Leland Center exists to continue Mickey’s legacy by providing leadership development and training and by expanding opportunities for students to conduct research, analyze public policy, experience our city, state, and nations’ legislative process first-hand, and participate in international studies and projects. The Leland Center also serves as a conduit for University faculty to interact and interface with the community to create collaborative programs and forums that seek solutions to enduring critical problems concerning hunger, diversity, conflict resolution, reconciliation, and peace.



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Mickey Leland

ProfileGeorge 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.

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