Tammie Lang Campbell is a revered activist who made a quantum leap from rural Mississippi to become a nationally recognized civil rights leader and founder of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation.
In a climate where the marginalized are left feeling hopeless by the bitterness of social and environmental injustices, The Honey Brown Hope Foundation focuses on the best way to help people — give them hope. Founded in 1991, the organization is a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c) 3 non-profit that plants seeds of hope in youth and their families.
Under the leadership of its Founder and Executive Director, Tammie Lang Campbell, the Honey Brown Hope Foundation nurtures HOPE through diversity, civil rights and environmental stewardship initiatives.
Many Texans know Campbell from a variety of perspectives: champion of education, family, civil rights and as an author. She constantly works around the community from the schoolhouse to the courthouse, in the church and media to promote racial harmony; address the school-to-prison pipeline; and connect need for an appreciation of people, the planet and diversity.
Optimism and activism fueled by faith is who Tammie Lang Campbell is. She is an activist who puts the ACT in ACTivism. She is a woman who has the audacity to believe her efforts can make a difference – which they undoubtedly have.
Her two decades of services has: addressed disparaging disciplinary tactics fueling the school-to-prison pipeline; afforded over 5,000 Houston-area youth the opportunity to sit at the feet of civil rights champions; raised over $50,000 for unsung civil rights heroes; influenced legislation in Texas and Hawaii; leveraged distribution of over 200,000 free “We Love America Healthy’ Clean and Green” calendars to motivate communities to be good stewards of the environment; given hundreds of youth an opportunity to express their God-given talents through the arts and theatrical productions that align with the Foundation’s causes; and led the charge to eradicate use of the most inflammatory racial slur, the n-word.
She is a sought after mediator, speaker and social commentator who has written editorials for the Houston Chronicle and been featured on/in countless state and local media outlets. Her efforts to address cultural insensitivity have been featured on/in CNN, World News ABC, Manhattan City Hall News, Canada Raw News, Crisis Magazine, The Grio and Texas Monthly Magazine.
As an agent of hope, Campbell’s service through the Foundation has not gone unnoticed. She served on Harvard University’s Civil Rights Project: School-to-Prison Pipeline Roundtable Discussion and is currently serving on the transition committee for Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. Campbell is the first female president of NAACP-Missouri City & Vicinity Branch and served as the Education Chair of Texas State NAACP Conference. She is the recipient of the: Aetna Insurance/ Magic Johnson, Jefferson, Top 25 Women of Houston, The Houston Sun’s Woman of Power and Purpose, Jasper, TX Key to the City, YMCA Minority Achievers, North Houston Frontiers’ Drum Major, Anti-Defamation League and National NAACP-Kraft Foods Image awards. In 2005 and 2006, Campbell was recognized in Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine as the “Role Model Beyond Beauty”, among celebrities: Gabrielle Union, Beyoncé, Oprah, Halle Berry, Patti LaBelle and civil rights leader, Rosa Parks. She has also been recognized by both Texas and Hawaii House of Representatives.
Campbell, a graduate of Alcorn State University, considers her two adult children, Shar-day and Dennis Jr., as her greatest blessings.