Promoting Harmony

Andrea Mayo and Cissy Ward to be honored for standing against prejudice and promoting racial understanding.


The Unity and Diversity Committee of Longview’s Partners in Prevention will honor Andrea Mayo and Cissy Ward as recipients of 2013 Unity Honors. Locals who have significantly contributed to racial equality and harmony in the community are recognized at the annual Unity Honors Luncheon. Since coming here from her native Louisiana, Mayo has spent 34 years serving the Longview Independent School District (LISD,) currently working as deputy superintendent. A dedicated member of Galilee Baptist Church, she has furthermore donated her time and efforts through the local Zonta Club, Habitat for Humanity, the ARC of Gregg County, Campfire, the Longview Economic Development Corporation, the East Texas Workforce, the ArtsView Childrens’ Theater and the Martin Luther King Celebration planning committee. The Unity recognition is just the latest in a long line of honors she has received for her unselfish, vital service to her city and its people.


A Native Texan, Ward worships faithfully at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. She has held the positions of her church’s coordinator of community services and as the East Texas Literary Council’s executive director. She has served without pay on the Longview Habitat for Humanity’s organizing board, with Longview Community Ministries, on the Longview Women’s Commission, with the LISD Foundation, and as first executive director for the East Texas Literacy Council. She was a major mover in the 1995 organization of the Race Relations Committee, which is now called the Unity and Diversity Committee. The Luncheon will also see Super One Foods and Branden Johnson receive business service recognition awards. The event will be held Thursday, January 31 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10, and will be available through January 23 at Partners in Prevention at 140 East Tyler Street, #400, at Broughton Recreation Center, 801 MLK Boulevard, Barron’s Bookstore, 405 West Loop 281, Pine Tree Administration Office, 1701 Pine Tree Road, LISD Administration Office, 1301 East Young Street, and Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steak House, 1501 East Marshall Avenue. Tables can be reserved for $100 by calling the Partners in Prevention Office at (903) 237-1019. Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steakhouse will cater the luncheon, and Anissa Centers will serve as emcee.