The Baha'is of the City of Houston, TX
The Bahá'í Faith has been part of the Houston community since the 1930s, with the first Local Spiritual Assembly becoming established on April 21, 1942.
In the late 1940's, a Bahá’í lawyer from Houston, Heman Sweatt, honoring Bahá’u’lláh’s call for the elimination of all forms of prejudice in pursuit of justice, worked very hard to help lay the groundwork for significant advancement in the then burgeoning civil rights movement in America. His relentless activism in pursuit of justice on the heels of a widely-known anti-discrimination case against the University of Texas School of Law eventually led to the establishment of what is now known as Texas Southern University and the advent of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education.
The Houston Baha’i Community would continue to grow steadily throughout the ensuing decades, becoming a stalwart fixture of civil rights, social justice activism and community building in the city, often providing a safe haven of real unity in diversity amidst the turmoil of profound social and political unrest. With the mass influx of Persian Baha'i families escaping persecution in Iran since the 1970's, the Houston Baha'i community has seen one of its most profound population booms to date, and friends from diverse backgrounds continue to add to the thriving, multifaceted and ethnically-diverse tapestry we are today.
Currently, Bahá’ís are hard at work on various community building efforts throughout the city of Houston, including the teaching of children's classes, animating of junior youth groups, and the facilitation of study circles, all punctuated by regular devotional gatherings throughout the city, firesides in homes and at the Houston Baha'i Center, and regular home visits among the friends.