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25 July 2013 Written by  Forward Times Staff

Georgia Provost Receives Prestigious Mary McLeod Bethune Impact Award

     Georgia Provost, a local business owner (Provost Studios, Professional Photographers), will receive the Prestigious Mary McLeod Bethune Impact Award, “A Tribute to an Unstoppable Community Leader,” presented by The Houston Metropolitan Area Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., under the excellent leadership of Regina Dickson serving as president and founder.  The 2nd Annual Summer Brunch, “Hats, Pearls, and Gloves” will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013, 11:00 a.m., at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road.
     The late Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and public official and also the founder-president of Bethune-Cookman University. The first Black woman to receive a major U.S. government appointment, she was named director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration in 1936. She is known for “My Last Will and Testament” of which the honoree, Georgia Provost lives her life guided by Bethune’s message.
     If there is a legend in Houston, Harris County, it is certainly Georgia Provost. Provost Blankinship and HuntShe is a community activist who has participated in the culture, educational, humanitarian, political and religious/spiritual sectors of Houston life.  She is a common sense public speaker and is a champion of the amazing youth, senior citizens and the Black men of Houston, Harris County, Texas.  She is a consummate community volunteer and part of the dynamic fundraising Team of Helfman/Provost. For over thirty years, she and Alan Helfman, President of River Oaks Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, can usually be found working to raise money for youth, fallen/ill law enforcement officers and charitable organizations.  She communicates effectively with seniors, students and their families and the communities in Harris County, with confidence and authority.
     As the Executive Director of the Texas Southern University Bayou Bend alumni & Ex-Students Association Inc., (Friends & Supporters) in 1998 she established the T.F. Freeman Ministers & Laity Summit and the Male Chorus Gospel Extravaganza called “A Gathering of Black Men.” These projects raise funds for the TSU International Championship Debate Team coached by Dr. T.F. Freeman.
     Provost is a Leader every day all year long with The Metropolitan Organization (TMO), “Standing for Families.”  A proud graduate of the historic Texas Southern University, (Dr. John M. Rudley, president) she is celebrating a fifty-four year love affair with TSU.  She was inducted into the” Wall of Honors” at the TSU School of Technology. She pursued advanced studies at the University of Houston and is a graduate of the Winona National School of Photographers; and Intercollegiate Press (Graphic/Arts/Marketing/Sales).
     Provost’s faith and identity as a Black Catholic woman are the core of everything she is and does. She is an active member of the Our Mother of Mercy Parish (Rev. Brian Fox, SSJ, pastor) serving as the President of PICC, the Coordinator of the Civil Rights Classes, and a former member of the Pastoral Council.  She is the Executive Director of the Youth for Christ Foundation (developing Christian Values, Leadership, and Common Sense) among Youth and Women’s for Christ (Christian Values, Leadership, Love & Unity) among women.  She created the TSU Community campaign Awareness Program (CAP) which she directs. She also directs the TSU Do the Math campaign (raised funds for scholarships and students services). She proudly serves as the Community Relations Director for the historic Houston Forward Times Newspaper, (Karen Carter Richards, Publisher & CEO).
     She is a former Grand Jury member and a Grand Jury Commissioner. She has served on the boards of Houston Urban League; YMCA, Julia C. Hester House and the Bayou Bend Tennis Classic.  Presently, she serves on the boards of the Bayou Bend Academy and The Youth Freedom Institute.  Provost serves as the Director of Marketing & Media for the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, Inc., Annual Harambee Golf Classic (Elder Eugene Floyd, General Chair, Elder Lillie Starks, Coordinator). Provost is the Coordinator for the Annual F.N. Williams, Sr. Golf Classic. She is a former six-year PTA president, Ryan and Jack Yates High Schools.  She is also a former six-year Den Mother, Boy Scouts of America.
     Provost has been honored with numerous awards, including four “Living Legend,” twelve “Business Woman of the Year,” ten “Youth Leadership,” ten “Exemplary Community Service” and fifty-six “Leadership and Community Volunteer” awards.  It is evident that Provost truly lives her philosophy of life; “Faith combined with hard work equals success, doing all things with love and love one another.”
     A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Provost was married to the late Herbert J. Provost, a Professional Photographer and TSU’s International Championship Collegiate Tennis Coach and they have one son, Jerome Kevin, a Professional Photographer also.