The family moved to Pleasantville in 1957 for their children to attend the neighborhood school, Pleasantville Elementary. As a firstborn child, many expectations and responsibilities were placed on her so a leadership role became easy to assume. In the 60’s social changes impacted her beliefs, values, and choices. Integration of public schools, Vietnam War, assassinations of major public figures and more… Upon graduation from Phillis Wheatley High School, she pursued higher education at Baylor University. While at Baylor, accomplishments included Dean’s List and graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She obtained her master’s in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston. Her nursing professional career afforded her many opportunities in managerial capacities in all areas pursued. She retired as the Associate Director at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Bridgette remained civically engaged during this time as well. Upon returning to the Pleasantville community in 1983, she became active with the Pleasantville Civic League (PCL) under the leadership of Mr. W.D. Cooper. There she was mentored by Minnie B. Wallace, Emerson McGowen, O.P. Broussard, and Talmadge Sharp. Ms. Murray became President of the Pleasantville Civic League in 1990. Under her leadership, PCL was incorporated with the State of Texas and obtained designation as a 501 c 4 organization with the internal revenue service before resigning to pursue completion of master’s degree. Other accomplishments included completion of a sound barrier wall on 610 freeway and several capital improvement projects.
Bridgette returned to leadership as the President of the Pleasantville Area Super Neighborhood Council #57. In collaboration with the Pleasantville Civic League a major capital improvement project was approved – phase one of the storm drainage project to replace aging infrastructure and reconstruction of streets.
Ms. Murray established the non-profit organization, Achieving Community Tasks Successfully d/b/a/ ACTS in 2013 to support community activities in the areas of social and environmental justice. Bridgette recognizes Pleasantville’s vulnerabilities and strives to strengthen community resiliency for all generations. Pleasantville Proud.
- Member, Chairman’s Citizens Advisory Council Port of Houston
- Member, Houston Community College Bond Oversight Committee
- Senior Fellow ALF
- Board Member, Positive Black Male Association of Houston
- Judson Robinson Sr. Friends of the Park
Read our mission statement here.