About Dwight Boykins
“My vision is that by the time my term is up, we will have a more vibrant economic stream in the District, safe neighborhoods where families can thrive, food deserts drastically curtailed or eliminated entirely, major investments into parks, and community members empowered to understand the value of the land they occupy.”
A native of the communities he serves, Houston City Council Member Dwight A. Boykins considers it an enormous honor and privilege to represent the hardworking and diverse families of District D.
Dwight was born in Houston and was raised along with his six brothers in the South Union neighborhood. His modest upbringing took place in a home filled with love, where he learned the values of family, humility and respect for one’s elders.
As a product of Houston public schools, Dwight’s passionate desire to be of service to others was informed at an early age through his volunteer work with legendary social activist Ovide Duncantell. “He would always say he wanted to help people,” said Council Member Boykins. “To hear that as a young man, especially having come from humble beginnings, inspired and moved me to work for the betterment of my community.”
Upon graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School, Dwight continued his studies at Texas Southern University, where he would graduate from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business. Council Member Boykins also took courses at the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business.
Council Member Boykins is a strong and active advocate for District D constituents and works to address issues surrounding food deserts, blight, affordable housing, financial institutions and community development. One of his top priorities has been to make District D one of the most economically driven districts in Houston. With this goal in mind, Council Member Boykins made history by pushing for the creation of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) #26 for the Sunnyside community. He collaborated directly with former Mayor Annise Parker to identify the boundaries and recommend community and business stakeholders to serve on the Board of Directors.
Because of Dwight’s tireless efforts to address the needs of his constituents, District D boasts a major redevelopment and beautification of MLK Boulevard and will soon be home to a brand new H-E-B Supermarket and new state-of-the-art multiservice center. To date, Dwight’s service to his district has resulted in $45.6 million in infrastructure improvements, while spearheading $112 million in economic development.
Dwight was a member of the Renew Houston Inaugural Committee and served two years as a Commissioner of ReBuild Houston. He is currently a member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a Life Member of the NAACP, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (ALF), and a former board member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council/Transportation Policy Council (TPC).
Dwight is a man of faith and he and his wife of 29 years, Genora, are active members of Windsor Village United Methodist Church.
“This is God’s calling,” says Council Member Boykins. “I care about senior citizens and I care about people who have the least.”