Making Democracy Work

2014 SBA Harryette Ehrhardt

Hon. Harryette Ehrhardt, Ph.D., 2014 Susan B. Anthony Awardee

Harryette EhrhardtThe Honorable Dr. Harryette B. Ehrhardt was born in Hattiesburg Mississippi on August 5, 1934. She graduated from Highland Park High School and attended SMU for her B.S. and M.A. with Departmental Distinctions and she received her Doctorate of Education from the University of Houston. These achievements were simply the beginnings of a remarkable career as an educator, politician, activist, and concerned citizen for Dallas and Texas.

Harryette's professional experiences include State Representative, Texas House of Representatives for four terms. As a Representative, she served on the Texas State Legis-lature Committees of Urban Affairs, Financial Institutions and Elections. She was an elementary school teacher and principal in Dallas and other school districts. Harryette was an associate professor and lecturer at SMU, Texas Woman's University and other colleges. She is Professor Emeritus in the Dallas County Community College system.

As a concerned citizen, she served on the Dallas Independent School District Board and the Dallas Health Alliance as First Chair. She served as Vice Chair of Trinity Ministry to the Poor, and she served on the

Mexican American Legislative Caucus. Her city appointments include the Permits and License Appeal Board and Community Block Grant Committee. Harryette has been a delegate to Senate, State and National Democratic Party Conventions.

Always an activist, some of Harryette's past and current activities include: Chair of the Greater Dallas Community

Relations Commission, Women's

Council of Dallas, Secretary for the Dallas Summit, Founder of the Dallas Women's Foundation, Founder of (what is now) Preservation Dallas, Board Chair of the Art Institute of Dallas, Founder and Chair of the Dallas Women's

Political Caucus, Chair of the Texas

Women's Political Caucus, and

Founder and Chair of the People

Empowerment Project.

For her service and activism, Harryette has won numerous awards and honors. A few of those awards include the Dr. Harryette Ehrhardt Library at Zan Holmes Middle School, DISD; the Women Helping Women Maura Award; the Texas Outstanding Public Service Award on Consumer Issues; the Houser Award Texas Low Income Housing Information Service; the Outstanding Service Award for the Mentally Ill; the Outstanding State Official from the Texas Human Rights Foundation; the Trailblazer Award, Independent Bankers of America; the Kuikling Award from Dallas Black Tie; the Dallas Bridge Builder from Turtle Creek Chorale; and the Community Service Award from the NAACP.

Harryette is married to the wonderful John A. Ehrhardt, M.D., and they have five beautiful children, thirteen fantastic grandchildren and three terrific great-grandchildren. She is a caring, loyal friend in addition to being mother, concerned citizen and activist. Our city, state and many organizations and individuals have benefitted from this woman we are honoring with the Susan B. Anthony Award for 2014.