Ms. Sandra Edwards
Ms. Sandra Edwards was born and raised in Houston's Fifth Ward, leaving the community at the age of 16 and returning in 2010 to help take care of her parents, after her father was diagnosed with cancer. Although, her community has been plagued by the lead, creosote and air pollution, she won’t allow that to override her joyous memories and why she is in this fight! Ms. Sandra recalls the great amount of love community members had for each other. “People looked out for each other, if your neighbor needed help with their kids or a bill, the community would come together and help”. Ms. Sandra believes this spirit still lives on, but the environmental crisis has caused mass death, grief and forced folx to leave a place that brought much joy and community. In 2016 after losing her father to cancer and learning about the cancer and creosote contamination connection, she dedicated her life to this fight! Ms. Sandra is a community leader, advocate and Co-Founder of Impact Fifth Ward.
Ms. Sandra Edwards, center. Photo by Brett Coomer