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Ovide Duncantell

Born in Natchitoches, Louisiana, August 7, 1936. He attended school there until graduating in 1955, where he entered the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1959. Returning home after leaving the service, he soon discovered his vision of success wouldn’t be achieved there. He married a hometown girl and left for Los Angeles, California. However, he stopped in Houston, Texas to visit with his new wife’s brothers and has been a permanent resident ever since.

In 1969 he went to work for the Anti-Poverty Program-Houston Community Action Association. There, he organized youth adults and senior citizens to ban together and improve their communities from 1970-1973. He later created his own organization entitled “The Central Committee for the Protection of Poor People.” The organization’s mission and goals were to assist the community in obtaining much needed social services. While assisting the community in obtaining these much needed services, he became politically involved in the political structure of Houston, and later deciding to run for various public offices, including Mayoral and County Commissioner post. Upon the various defeats, he went to work for newly elected Commissioner, Tom Bass from 1973-1977. There he assisted in the appointment of several new key county office positions which he was instrumental in the elections and placement of the first black Harris County Constable, A. B. Chambers along with several Justices of the Peace. Coupled with his employment and community assistance, he would also earn his Bachelor and Masters Degree in Sociology from Texas Southern University.