March is Women’s History Month and this year, the national theme is, “Nevertheless, She Persisted.”

The theme embodies so many women in the Houston community. The Defender is highlighting some local Black women who have succeeded through persistence, despite the challenges they have faced on different fronts.

Today, we celebrate Raquelle Lewis, Director of communications, Texas Department of Transportation

In 2007, Raquelle Lewis was climbing the professional ladder pursuing a career in public relations. Newly married, she was excited about what lay ahead both personally and professionally, especially when she received the news that she would be a first-time mother.

Lewis did everything right – prenatal care, doctor’s visits, eating healthy. When something felt wrong with her pregnancy just five months in, she immediately went to her doctor. He examined her, told her it was in her head, and sent her home. Five hours later, her son was born.

Born 4 months premature, little Andrew began the fight for his life. It’s a fight that has yet to end. But Lewis, her husband, and their support system, helped Andrew battle cerebral palsy, numerous surgeries and a host of other health issues to blossom into an amazing little boy.

Through it all, Lewis’ faith kept her strong. Though many days were a struggle, she persisted, giving Andrew all that he needed, while continuing to climb the ranks in her career. Today, she balances motherhood with a demanding job and says her attitude and faith make it all possible.

Life’s philosophy/motto: “Life is Journey not a Destination” and “Seek first to understand then to be understood.”

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