What does it mean to be a Southernite?
To be a Southernite is to know that there is no reward without struggle, and that in order to truly flourish one must learn to turn any and all adversity into accomplishment.
Fallon Renee Hamilton, a native of Houston, Texas, first stepped foot on the campus of Southern University and A&M College in the Fall of 2000. While a student at Southern University, she was a member of the Honor’s College as well as a staff writer for the award-winning Southern Digest. During her junior year at Southern University she was selected to participate in the Louisiana Center for Women in Government internship program where she served as an aide with the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and the Women’s Caucus. It was during this semester working with the Louisiana Legislature that she decided to pursue a career in the law.
Ms. Hamilton graduated from Southern University in December of 2004, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with honors. Her journey post-Southern led her back home to Houston, Texas where she enrolled in and graduated from Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May 2008. She has been a licensed attorney for over ten years and currently works as an Attorney at Lone Star Legal Aid, which is the 4th largest non-profit legal services provider for low income individuals in the United States. Her dedication to public service has allowed her to serve on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations and participate in numerous community service endeavors serving those in Houston and the surrounding areas.
Always an avid reader and writer, Fallon used books as her outlet both creatively and as a form of self-care. In 2018, her first book entitled “An Ode” was published and debuted as a number one best- seller in African American Poetry on Amazon. Since its release, she has been busy with a book tour, hosting workshops/events and sharing her poetry with the world. In the Summer of 2019, Fallon co-authored her second book entitled “Super Woman Survival Stories” which also debuted as a best-seller on Amazon. Fallon was nominated and designated a Top Five Finalist for the Houston Library Foundation- Reader’s Choice Award, naming her a favorite author amongst readers in the Houston area. She is currently working on her next book and finding ways to promote literacy amongst people of color.
Fallon credits Southern University and A&M College for her tenacity and her endurance. Southern is where she truly found her voice and has been using it to effectuate change ever since.