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Freedom Rider to speak at Civil Rights symposium Campaign set to preserve La. music

ELSIE L. SCOTT, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF executive officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Dave Dennis, a 1961 Freedom Rider, will be keynote speakers at the 2011 Southern University Civil Rights Commemoration Symposium, Nov.10-11, at the Southern University Law Center. An exhibit opening, book-signings, and reception will kick off the twoday event at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, at the Southern University Museum of Art. The exhibit titled, “The World Will Move: Civil Rights and Public

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MORE THAN 25 YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE ONE of the South’s favorite band has gotten together. With hits like “ If I Ever,” “All These Things,” and “Here I Go Again,” Buddy Stewart and the Top Notchers with lead vocalist Lee Tillman are legends of Baton Rouge. Tillman, the first Black musician » Please see MUSIC, PG 5.


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Former Southern University SGA president turned national Hip-Hop artist LaVell Crump--better known as David Banner--has published a column on money management for Black Enterprise magazine’s Oct 2011 issue.

THE GREATER BATON ROUGE CHAPTER OF the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society of Baton Rouge, along with keynote speaker state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson, recently honored more than 40 attorneys who have been practicing law for thirty or more years. The list included civil rights attorney and former state representative

Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson speaks to members of the Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet Society .

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Rappers ‘stir up’ youth for Christ

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Photo by JOZEF SYNDICATE Christian rappers, musicians and dancers rallied downtown Baton Rouge to motivate youth and young adults to cling to other Christians as one and remain true to God . As part of a weekend pact of activities, the We are One Concert was held on stage near the USS Kid., Oct 1. Spirit of Truth World International Ministries organized the conference as part of their Stir Up the Gift: A Time for Unity Conference held at the LaPosh Center.

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PROTESTS HAVE INCREASED NATIONWIDE as citizens have begun marching and organizing against Wall Street and bug business. In what some have called disconnected, the protests have spread to Louisiana where more than 600 people are spending days and nights in New Orleans’ Duncan Plaza, rallying and meeting with residents in town halls and education forums as part of the Occupy NOLA movement. Organizers said, “As we watched the continuing marches on Wall Street and those across the nation reacting to the movement, we decided to set up a website and social media networks to provide a hub for those organizing in New Orleans and the surrounding area. Many of us cannot be there in NYC and, like them, wanted to do something.”

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That “doing something” has now swelled from an internet movement to one of bodies, tents, and supplies, where hundreds began gathering in the city on Oct. , and nearly 2,000 are following on Facebook. According to the website, the group is a “leaderless nonviolent resistance movement composed of people from various sociopolitical and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are all inclusive. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We want to make a positive difference.” For example when the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition announced they would like to meet with interested persons regarding their ongoing work resisting prison expansion, the Occupy New Orleans group took their message » Please see OCCUPY, PG 3.

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EDDIE PONDS, Publisher CARRIE PONDS, Assistant Publisher CORA LESTER, Managing Editor SHONTILL MCNABB, Assistant to the Publisher YUSEF DAVIS, Jr. Photographer REVOLUTIONARY RASCAL, Cartoonist CHARLAYA WASHINGTON, Ad Manager Contributing Writers TAQUEE GUNDAR HARRY ALFORD DAWN C. COLLINS EMMANUEL LEE ALANA MURRAY CANDACE J. SEMIEN KAMEKOTHOMAS CRYSTAL JENKINS ARTHUR VERRETT JR. TENISE BROWN News deadline: 10th of each month The opinions found in the Opinion section reflect the ideas of the writer and are not endorsed by the editors or publishers of THE DRUM. Submissions to THE DRUM may be edited for space and clarity and are published at the discretion of the editorial staff. Phone: (225) 927-3717 Email: Facebook: TheDrumNews Member of New American Media, Louisiana Black Publishers Association, Jozef Syndicate, and the Louisiana Press Association The Drum Newspaper is distributed, in part, to locations in Baton Rouge through Runner’s Courier Services.

Our children need our help with their children ; BY SANDRA NORWOOD Guest Columnist

CAN SOMEONE HELP ME UNDERSTAND something about young mothers living in poverty? I thought I knew something about living in poverty and how it affects people. However poor families living in poverty these days have a different understanding. When I grew up poor my parents encouraged me to want more out of life. They stressed the importance of an education. They sacrificed so I could have. Now don’t miss understand they didn’t sacrifice their freedom and do something illegal so I could have the latest fashions. They sacrificed by denying themselves so I could have the necessities of life; food,

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A grateful soul aligns the mind, spirit ; BY TENISE BROWN JOZEF SYNDICATE Columnist I HAVE A GRATITUDE JOURNAL that I look forward to writing in every night before I go to bed. During this last year, writing in it has been a wonderfully rewarding experience for me. Recently, I looked at all the phenomenal things that I had written down and I was extremely elated to notice that my life is now headed in a more harmonious, joyous direction. I heard a wise man say, "the soul that is always grateful lives in closer touch with God than the one which never looks to Him in thankful acknowledgement." The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Creator when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive and the more rapidly they will come. The reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind closer in touch with the Source from which the blessings come from. Gratitude alone for me, keeps me looking toward the "ALL" and prevents me from falling into the error of thinking that the supply is limited. When I take notice of the times I get a bit frightened, I find that I want to control everything: which may shut off the flow of my Good. I begin to remind myself of all the things I have to be grateful for. I tell myself to trust life and believe that everything I need is here

for me. The moment we permit the mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things that give reason to be ungrateful, we begin to lose ground. Our attention becomes focused upon all the reasons why we are not grateful. The Creative Power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. To permit the mind to dwell on what's going wrong or the things we don't have is to surround ourselves with that very thing! On the other hand, to fix your attention on what to be grateful for is to surround yourself with greatness: and to become GRATEFUL! When a grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best, and it will receive the best. Notice the grateful attitude that Jesus took; how he always seems to be saying, "I thank Thee, Father that thou hearest me." We can't exercise much power without gratitude; it's gratitude that keeps us connected with Power! It is necessary for us; then to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to us; and to give thanks continuously! Having an attitude of gratitude will bring you into harmonious relations with the good in everything, and the good in everything will move toward YOU!

shelter, and clothing. My father worked in a menial trade which didn’t pay much. We lived in public housing and my mother sometimes cleaned other people’s homes so they could make ends meet. Sometimes we didn’t have much to eat but we had something to eat. And sometimes mom and dad drank a little too much but they never lost sight of making sure their kids were fed, clothed and schooled. My parents taught me to respect myself, others and other people’s property. How do you drop these lessons from a child’s life? There was no such thing as disrespecting adults who were in a position of authority. And you better make sure you didn’t disgrace the

family name. They taught me to feel a sense of honor about my bloodline and who we were as a people, and as a family even though we had very little. Don’t children of today have a right to learn about respect for themselves and others? How is that mothers today can drop the attributes that glues families together and creates character in children? The one thing we had and cherished was “family” and we looked out for one another. Yes we got mad at each other sometimes but we didn’t kill each other. And we even survived some form of dysfunction in the home but we had a place we called home, a place where we could go to get fed and nurtured. We not only

looked after each other but we were careful about our freedom and our future. We respected the struggle our parents had and didn’t make more burdens for them by getting arrested, knowing there wasn’t any money for lawyers. So if you didn’t want to go to jail you didn’t break the law. But today you have mothers’ breaking the law with no regard for what will happen to their children all for selfish gain. Do young mothers today understand the opportunity God has put in their hands when he blessed them with a child? I don’t think so. And what happened to the village? I remember when my » See HELP, PG 3.

LETTER TO EDITOR: Plan when caring for aging parents IN HONOR OF NATIONAL FAMILY Caregivers Month, the nonprofit National Private Duty Association will host a consumer education web conference, “Creating a Care Plan for Your Parents,” Nov. 3, 7PM. The program will provide advice on how family caregivers can work with care professionals


to develop an effective plan of care for a loved one. Caregivers will learn how to identify key issues and problems, locate needed experts, and outline expected outcomes to ensure that a parent is cared for in the best manner possible. The event is free of charge to participants. The web conference topics include setting up a successful

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Black unemployment rate rises as economy adds new jobs By The Associated Press WASHINGTON,

DC--AMERICAN 103,000 jobs in September, a modest burst of


hiring after a sluggish summer. Still, job growth remains too weak to lower the unemployment rate, which stayed at 9.1 percent for the

third straight month. Black unemployment dropped from 16.7 percent to 16 percent and Black teen joblessness dipped slightly from

46.5 to 44.2 percent. The U.S. Labor Department also revised the previous two months to show that companies hired at a better pace than first

estimated. Nearly half of the gains last month occurred because 45,000 striking Verizon workers returned to their jobs.

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Families into town meetings and added it to the protest. The Coalition garnered support from Occupy NOLA participants when they wrote: “Tax money gets poured into prisons. Private prison companies make money off of incarcerating mass numbers of people, and use their economic power to advocate for public policies that result in even more incarceration. Prisons are ‘big businesses’ that are making money off of the rest of us, as well as destroying communities,

and they exert corporate influence in our political system that drowns out the voice of anyone else. Work combating prison expansion is deeply interconnected with the core economic and political concerns at the heart of OWS.” The members have been organizing direction actions, community planning and logistics centered around strengthening the movement. General meetings are held nightly at 7pm in Duncan Plaza.

HELP cont. from page 2 neighbors could borrow from my mother and vice versa whether it was food or money and they would pay back what they borrowed. They would chastise each other’s children to help them stay out of trouble when momma wasn’t around to scold them. Today one would get attacked or disrespected by the child and or parent if they enforced the code of the village. I want young mothers who are living and struggling in poverty to know that being poor does not give you the right not to care about what happens to yourself or your children. I want you to know it is crazy to let your child’s opportunity for education slip down the drain. It is even insane to let a child of the 7th grade dropout of school! How do you let a 13 year old quit on life? How do you let your life of misfortune rob your children of a chance for a future? Where would we be if the slaves gave up on having a future? And don’t blame the streets, the man or the system blame yourself. Myself and many others were given an opportunity for a future from parents who had way less than what you have today. You seem to find money or opportunity for pleasures, fashions, hairstyles, cell phones and paying to keep a brother, (won’t call him a man because he’s caring less than you). Also we didn’t

have food stamps we had commodities and nobody was cutting any deals over those items. So we made do with much less. We had our share of drugs and alcohol but parents actually loved their children. How do you not care for your own flesh and blood? How do you not take pride in your flesh and blood? In spite of our needs we always believed that our days would get better. And don’t miss understand people it isn’t only the drug addicts that are neglecting the children. Young poor mothers of all races are neglecting their children. I want all of the young and poor mothers to know being poor does not give you the right to neglect your children. Being poor don’t give you the right not to care about your children’s future.What you need to know is being poor should not make you selfish it should make you want to fight yourself from giving up. Being poor means you have to unite with the people around you and help each other not hurt each other. Young ladies get your home in order; get your village in order but most important get yourself in order so you can be a good mother to your children. Young ladies HELP YOUR CHILDREN!


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The candidates for East Baton Rouge parish’s most contested legislative seats are touting their endorsements. All candidates were emailed to provide a list of their endorsement, at the time of printing, here is the breakdown of endorsement by district race. House District 29 Regina Barrow: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 17, First Ward Voters Association, La. Chemical Association, Future PAC/BR Chamber of Commerce, East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers, AFLCIO Central Labor Council, Louisiana Federation of Teachers, La. Association of Educators House District 101 Edward “Ted” James is said to have the support of: Congressman Cedric Richmond, Democracy for America, East Baton Rouge Democratic Parish Executive Committee, AFSCME Council 17, East Baton Rouge Young Democrats, Future PAC, AFLCIO Central Labor Council, Louisiana Federation of Teachers, Representative Girod Jackson, East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers, Representative Jared Brossett, Senator Karen Carter Peterson, and Senator Mary Landrieu

Johnathon Holloway Sr: The Louisiana Association of Educators Fund for Children and Public Education Harold Williams: Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish Executive Committee District 61 Alfred Williams: AFL-CIO, The East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers, The Louisiana Association of Educators, The Baton Rouge Police Union, The Baton Rouge Fire Union and the First Ward Voters League! House District 63 Ronald L. Rodgers: National Association of Social Workers Louisiana Chapter, East Baton Rouge Young Democrats Dalton Honore: National Federation of Independent Business/Louisiana SAFE Trust, AFSCME Council 17, East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers, AFLCIO Central Labor Council, Louisiana Federation of Teachers Barbara Thomas: Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish Executive Committee House District 67 Patricia Haynes Smith: AFSCME Council 17, East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers, AFLCIO Central Labor Council, Louisiana Federation of

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director Dexter Newman, who volunteered their services to assist in creating a series of public service announcements for television and radio to cater to Louisiana youth. With their combined efforts, they hope to reach thousands of youth across the state. One message of the band will carry through the state is: “Stay off the street and pick up an instrument. Get the youth involved in the arts every school year.” This involvement, they said, plays a big role in a child’s life, because it offers them more positive alternatives and skills. “Help us reach the youth with our message of ‘Preserving Louisiana’s Musical Heritage Today, For Tomorrow’s Generation,” said Newman. Contact the Rhythm Museum at 225.383.9661 or visit www.stewartmusicfoundation. org. The Rhythm Museum is located at 1712 North Acadian West in Baton Rouge.


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Teachers Senate District 14 Yvonne Dorsey: AFSCME Council 17, East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers, AFLCIO Central Labor Council, Louisiana Federation of Teachers Christopher Toombs: Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish Executive Committee BESE District 8 Russell Armstrong: Athletes for action, EBR Democratic Executive Committee,a Baton Rouge Area Chamber, James A Taylor Masonic Lodge #78 Caroyln Hill: Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Integrity Coalition, The Baton Rouge Business Report, and the National Association for Social Workers Domoine Rutledge: East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers, Louisiana Federation of Teachers EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III: Baton Rouge Union of Police, Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish Executive Committee



Johnnie Jones Sr., 92, who began practicing law in 1953. “When you go through the list of names, there’s a lot of history there. And we have the privilege of being able to embody this history...It is very humbling as young attorneys, as aspiring professionals,” said Alejandro Perkins, immediate past president. To the honorees Perkins said, “We thank you for letting us share your history. We thank them for letting us share their light. We continue to hold you up as our best gifts in the profession.” The Society honored Judge Yvette M. Alexander, Steve V. Barbre, Judge Alvin Batiste Jr., retired Judge Curtis A. Calloway, Judge Janice Clark, Edselle Cunningham, Winston Decuir Sr., Raymond

T. Diamond, Walter C Dumas, Benn Hamilton, Jerome J Harris, Harold W Isadore, Judge Bonnie F. Jackson, Carl J. Jackson, Ernest L. Johnson, Johnnie A. Jones Sr., Russell L. Jones, Sheral C. Kellar, Arlene Knighten, retired Judge Luke A. LaVergne, Jackie Marve, Robert H. Marve III, Johnnie L Matthews, Otha C. Nelson Sr., Milton Osborne Jr., V. Elaine B. Patin, Houston T. Penn, retired Judge Freddie Pitcher Jr., Gail H. Ray, Lon E. Roberson, Durinda L. Robinson, Raymond L. Simmons, Arthur E. Stallworth, Judge Pamela Taylor-Johnson, Arthur R. Thomas, Judge Ralph E. Tyson, James A Wayne Sr., Judge Trudy White, Alfred C. Williams, and Steven Young.


at a Louisiana festival?

Sammy Thornton, Ronnie Smith, Philliper Stewart, Lee Tillman, Otis Johnson from Baton Rouge to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010 with many other legends such as: Irma Thomas, Louis Armstrong, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy and Pete Fountain. But, you won’t find Tillman in concert at the River Center or the Shaw Center. These days Lee Tillman and Buddy’s Stewart’s Top Notchers are getting together on a quest to spread the word to the youth about preserving Louisiana’s musical heritage. The band began this summer with introducing the children of the Delmont Summer Camp to their music which some tracks have been remixed by area Dejays and music producers. The kids listened and created their own dance moves to the music. The band has partnered with the Rhythm Museum, a local nonprofit, and Telly Award-winning producer/


Did you know tourism generates more than $850 million in state taxes annually? So why not invite your friends and family to Louisiana for the Festival of Lights in Natchitoches, Contraband Days in Lake Charles, the Red River Revel in Shreveport or the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans? When you go to a festival, Louisiana starts dancing. For ideas on what to do this weekend, visit our website. © 2011 The Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism




FEATURE Tyrus Thomas, wife partner with VIPS NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION standout Tyrus Thomas announced a partnership between The Tyrus and Jaime Thomas Foundation and Volunteers In Public Schools. Along with his wife, Jaime, have arranged for the Foundation to work with VIPS to reach out to East Baton Rouge Parish School System middle and high school students. “VIPS is honored that Tyrus and his wife Jaime selected VIPS as a community partner. It is well known that Tyrus and Jaime both graduated from McKinley High and have worked tirelessly in the school – putting in a new gym floor and, last year, awarding 10 seniors each with $1,000 scholarships,” said Judy Bethly, VIPS executive director. The VIPS/Thomas Foundation partnership featured a “Let’s Talk Tour” with the Thomases visiting several area schools to listen to students talk about their school experiences. Thomas, who recently signed a five-year contract with the Charlotte Bobcats, said he remembers the

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challenges and obstacles he faced while attending school and believes he can communicate honestly with students. VIPS’ EveryBody Reads program matches Reading Friend volunteers with recommended first- , second- and third-grade students who read below grade level. Last year, EveryBody Reads served more than 900 struggling readers. Two years ago, Thomas started CATCH, Caring and Actively Teaching Children Hope, an outreach program targets at-risk students who are about to enter ninth grade.

Academy opens fall enrollment THE YOUNG LEADERS’ ACADEMY OF BATON Rouge, Inc. is recruting students for its Fall Academy. The Saturday Academy is held weekly on Southern University’s at 7:45am. Participants complete activities in academics, team-building, problem solving, communication skill enhancement, decision making and interaction with special guests. Each child must have a 2.5 GPA in core curriculum subjects (i.e. mathematics, spelling, reading, and language arts) If the child has a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5, they may receive provisional acceptance by enrolling in our afterschool tutorial program to improve basic skills mastery. Participants must be in the third, fourth, or fifth grade to enroll and must reside in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Applications are due October 26th. Parents must attend an orientation session, bring copies of their son’s

report cards from kindergarten to present, immunization record, birth certificate, test scores, proof of health insurance to the YLA Office at 419 N. 19th St., Suite B., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. To schedule an appointment and and pick up an YLA Program Manual, call YLA Office at 225.346.1583. YLA is a program for Black boys in Baton Rouge focused on academic excellence, leadership skill development and personal development. Organizers said the Academy requires family involvement in the boys’ activities with the program and offers mentors to the children who need them.

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To be included in the DRUMROLL section, submit your accomplishment and photo to Make sure your full name and details of your accomplishment are provided along with a contact phone number. Photos should be sent as .jpeg or .tiff 300dpi files. Baton Rouge Councilwoman RONNIE EDWARDS was recently awarded by the University of Phoenix’s Alumni Community Service Award. Edwards currently serves on the Finance and Executive Committee of the East Baton Rouge Parish City Council, was re-elected President of the Baton Rouge Apartment Association for 2011, and was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of Industries for the Blind. In addition, she is actively involved with the North Baton Rouge Community Reinvestment Alliance and the EBRP Redevelopment Authority’s Community Improvement Planning Process. St. Helena Parish Central High School homecoming parade had a special guest: AUNJANUE ELLIS from the movie “The Help”. The Grand Marshall of the event was the Southern University director of bands LAWRENCE JACKSON. Ellis said she wanted to take part in the event because of the school’s principal and her focus on education. Ellis said. “I want to be a part of anything that encourages students, particularly from this area to do better.” The Cultural Ambassadors of Black Men of Labor Art and Culture, Inc recently paid tribute to local Civil Rights Pioneers of New Orleans. These pioneers include the New Orleans Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality which participated in the Freedom Rides. The Living members who were honored are: DR. RUDY LOMBARD, DAVID J. DENNIS, JEAN DENTONTHOMPSON, DON C. HUBBARD, JEROME SMITH, DORATHA ‘DODIE’ SMITH-SIMMONS, BETTY DANIELS ROSEMOND, JULIA AARON HUMBLES, CLAUDE H. REESE, KATRINA JACKSON NDANG, ED MYERS, MATT SUAREZ, SANDRA NIXON-THOMAS, ALICE THOMPSON, and PATRICIA SMITH NELSON.



The Archives of Southern University recently received the collection local civil rights activist BERNICE SMITH. The collection includes the plaques, photographs, and papers that document Smith’s extensive activites as a businesswoman, religious worker, and in civil rights. The materials were donated by Smith’s family so they “may be used to illuminate the efforts of local individuals in shaping the history of Shreveport.” Retired police CAPT. RONALD L. STEVENS has been named the new chief of police at Southern University on the Baton Rouge campus. Stevens worked for the Baton Rouge Police Department for 29 years, retiring in July of 2004. While there, he served as shift sergeant, shift lieutenant, a patrol officer and a detective. He also was commander of the police department’s Operational Services Bureau and Communications Division. For the past three years he has been an investigator with the Louisiana Department of Justice in the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Stevens said he is excited about bringing his experience and leadership abilities to the department



Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge will honor three families who have greatly contributed to the Baton Rouge community during its 18th Annual Celebrate the Family Gala, Nov. 3 at White Oaks Plantation. MR. AND MRS. GEORGE TEMPLE AND FAMILY, MS. JACQUI VINES AND FAMILY, AND MR. AND MRS. GEORGE ROBINSON AND FAMILY will be honored as outstanding families for demonstrating strong family values while contributing their time and resources in volunteer efforts to strengthen the community. Tickets to the event can be purchased at

Capitol High School Class of ‘52 plans reunion

SYMPOSIUM cont. from page 1 Transportation in Louisiana, 1860s - 1950s” is being sponsored by the Louisiana State Museum. Ten authors are scheduled to sign their books during the event. During the late 1950s through the early 1970s, students, faculty, and administrators on the campuses of Southern University in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport, played an integral role in the social and political gains made during the Civil Rights Movement. Anniversary dates of many of their strategic efforts, such as sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and lawsuits, provide the ideal opportunity to highlight these individuals and their historic involvement in the planned commemoration. Scott, a native of Louisiana and graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, will speak at noon Friday, November 11, in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the SU SmithBrown Student Memorial Union. Since February of 2007, she has advised mayors, community groups, and police and other officials on matters involving crime and police and the black community, women’s issues, hate violence, management and training, and race and poverty. She has overseen the successful launch of several CBCF projects intended to broaden and elevate the influence of African Americans in the political, legislative and public policy arenas, as well as their overall

condition and well being. Dennis, a former organizer for the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) and a former codirector of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), will speak at noon Thursday, November 10, in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom. He would have been with the three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney, who were murdered in Mississippi, if he had not been home recuperating from bronchitis. He currently works for the Algebra Project, which provides teacher training to help inner city and rural students achieve mathematics literacy. Dennis says education is the next civil rights frontier. In addition to the keynote addresses, the symposium, which will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. each day, will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, documentary

screening, and other presentations to commemorate the progress made during this period. Recipients of the 2011 Change Agent Awards and winners of the 2011 SULC Legal Writing Competition held in association with the symposium will be made during the Friday luncheon program. Organizers of the commemoration are still seeking volunteers to be a part of this event. “We also need alumni to spread the word and have former students, faculty, and administrators of Southern University campuses in all part of the state to connect with us,” according to the commemoration cochairs Sanna Nimtz Towns and the Rev. Bobby Ray Saucer. The Joe Stewart WKKF Trustee Fund, Battle Creek Community Foundation, is a major sponsor of this event.

Photo by JAMES CROSS ELEVEN MEMBERS OF THE CAPITOL AVENUE JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH School class of 1952 met in Baker to complete plans for their 60th year anniversary. The class of 1952 was the second graduating class of Capitol, located then on Capitol Avenue. The street‘s name was later changed to Gus Young Avenue. Charles W. Keel was the principal, and the senior sponsors were Myrtle Purnell, Olga Curry and Robert West. Through the years, the classmates have met at each other’s homes. Robert Wilson Jr. is the current class president. The reunion is planned for spring 2012 Members of the Class of 1952 are asked to contact Robert Wilson, Jr. on Brantley St. in Baker. Pictured above are: Charles E. Mills, Ollie Joe Brown, Gwendolyn J. Davis, Robert Wilson Jr. (President), Helen B. Smith, Lora R. LaMotte, Alvin Rooks, Velta J. Cross, Willie Jean Bennett, and Emerson Bennett (guest). Not pictured was Cornelia Elaine Mason.




Quilt trail grows through five parishes, Tangipahoa THE LOUISIANA NORTHSHORE Quilt Trail is growing throughout the five parishes of Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington and St. Tammany, but not as quickly as it's booming in Ponchatoula. Four new Blocks have been installed making the number of the fastgrowing Quilt Trail rise to twenty-one. The Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail covers the five parishes of Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Helena, Washington and St. Tammany, but the majority of quilt blocks on exhibit are in Tangipahoa Parish so far. The sixty-one patch block contains images important to the City’s development: the train, the strawberry and the flag. In August, Tangipahoa Parish Tourist Commission joined the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail with the unveiling of its block located at the Convention and Visitors Bureau just west of Hammond’s Wardline Road exit of I-55. The design represents strawberries and the train which connect the parish from north to south.

“Waterman’s Law”, painted by Kim Zabbia and commissioned by Janice Waterman (pictured), hangs on the east side of the family law office on the corner of South 5th Street and East Pine in downtown Ponchatoula. Even though the design is readily identified as a quilt, another in the series of blocks along the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail, it contains law-related images of gavels, law books and the scales of justice. Pictured with the new block are members of the LN Quilt Trail Board: Ann Boudreaux-founder, Kim Zabbia-designer and painter of the block, Donna Mollere-chair and Rosemary Ydarraga-chair elect with Bureau Director Betty Stewart. Dignitaries in attendance included Congressman Steve Scalise, Representative Steve Pugh, Parish President Gordon Burgess, Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia, and Tourism Directors Kathi Mayor (Washington Parish) and Rita Allen (St. Helena Parish).

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Awareness, law enforcement trainings planned for Domestic Violence Month EACH OCTOBER, ACROSS THE NATION, people concerned with domestic violence devote the month to raising awareness of the issue. This year is no different, as communities throughout the state take time out to bring light to a particularly troubling problem for Louisiana. Louisiana consistently leads the nation in domestic homicides and has done so since 1997. According to the recently released Violence Policy Center report, When Men Murder Women, in 2009 Louisiana ranked 3rd in the nation in the rate of women killed by men.

The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence tracks these homicides and says from October 2010 through September 2011, at least 62 people died in domestic violence homicides in Louisiana. In recognition of the problem, Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Louisiana. Beth Meeks, executive director of LCADV, commends Governor Jindal for his efforts to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence.

“Although we have significant hurdles to overcome, we also have much to celebrate. I am especially thankful to Governor Jindal for his proclamation, and to the legislature for increasing the mandatory minimum sentence for a domestic abuse battery offense.” Meeks encouraged individuals to take a stand in their local areas. “Programs throughout the state are commemorating this month with a wide variety of activities including Take Back the Night marches, candlelight vigils and luncheons. I would encourage

Human Jukebox brings first Jag Fest THE WORLD FAMOUS SOUTHERN University Marching Band is taking its show-stopping halftime performance to the F.G. Clark Activity Center for its first “Human Jukebox JAG Fest” fundraiser. The “Human Jukebox,” will play a full concert of current popular music, standards and oldies. They will be accompanied by the SU Dancing Dolls and Cupid of The Cupid Shuffle fame. JAG Fest begins at 11 a.m., with a Jambalaya Cook-Off, featuring some of the city’s best jambalaya chefs. Feast on jambalaya, fellowship with some of your friends and then get ready for the music of the Human Jukebox at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the jambalaya

cook off and concert. Director of Bands Lawrence Jackson said proceeds from the JAG Fest will support band scholarships, travel and equipment purchases. The SU Marching Band was recently voted the best historically black college marching band by HBCU Digest. Just recently, the band

outdueled the Florida A&M University Marching 100 and was voted “best band” by the fans at Atlanta Classic football game in the Georgia Dome. For more information on JAG Fest, contact the Southern University System Foundation at 225-771-3911 or visit www.

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people all over Louisiana to attend these events to show your support and send a clear message that Louisiana does not tolerate domestic violence.” Meeks also invited members of law enforcement, criminal justice, and other community organizations to attend free training opportunities to be held in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “The National Sheriffs’ Association has selected Louisiana as a training site for its Domestic Violence Trainings on Rural Law Enforcement Training. The National Sheriffs'

Association presents this training in a limited number of states and we are lucky to have been selected as a training site,” Meeks said. The two trainings will be held in Franklin, Louisiana from October 24-27, 2011 and will be co-hosted by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office and LCADV. For additional information on domestic violence, or for a list of Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities in your area, including the NSA Domestic Violence Trainings, visit

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Dixon authors children’s book to build family relationships SHREVEPORT RESIDENT ANNIE Kessee Dixon has penned her first children’s book exploring the fears children have of their elder relatives. Dixon’s Great Grandpa Went to Heaven in his Wheelchair tells of two young boys who are fearful of their great grandfather. Dixon said she wrote the book to help young people

understand and become more comfortable with older relatives. The inspiration came from her grandchildren’s experience with her father. “It was important that the two grandsons learn some valuable lessons from their visits with their great grandpa,” she said. Through a series of exchanges and shared

experiences with their great grandpa, the young characters in the book go from fear to elation, looking forward to seeing great granddad. Dixion is a story teller at children’s groups and speaks at workshops with adults on the latest trends and implications for the future. The book is available on ebook and print through Barnes and Noble or at Dixon has a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Grambling State University, a master’s of education in guidance and counseling from Prairie View A&M University of Texas, and a certification in school administration from Centenary College of Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Abuse survivor offers tips for alternative punishments for children ESTHER JOSEPH DOESN’T NEED read studies or statistics to understand the problems of child abuse. She survived it. Joseph, an advocate against corporal punishment in the home, spent her childhood alternately suffering physical abuse from her mother and emotional abuse from her father. But she doesn’t consider herself a victim. “I’m a survivor of child abuse,” said Joseph, author of Memories of Hell, Visions of Heaven—A Story of Survival Transformation and Hope. “In overcoming the damage of an upbringing riddled with violence, I was adamant that I would not grow up to be an abuser, as well. I know the dangers of striking a child to discipline them and then explaining that you’re doing it for their own good and because you love them. All that does is teach the child that violence is an acceptable part of love, and as they grow up, they accept violence in their adult relationships because they’ve been taught that it’s completely normal.” Joseph believes that discipline is important, but that it can be delivered without making violence an acceptable part of life. “No matter how out of control a child may be


considered, a beating is never an effective way to get their attention, obedience or respect,” she added. “Parents must understand that there are other disciplinary measures, less violent and degrading methods that will garner the results they seek, while raising children to become emotional health and fulfilled adults.” Joseph offered a few simple tips for alternative means of helping children behave. They include: • Be a Good Example – Parents must live by example, allowing their actions and not just their words to exemplify the

kind of person they would like their child to become. • Be One Step Ahead – Don’t wait until your child has done something “wrong” to have a talk with them. Parents can circumvent many foreseeable challenges by addressing them before they become an issue. • Be Creative – One type of punishment does not work for every child. Parents must figure out and utilize a form of reprimand that would work best for their child’s particular temperament. “Every spanking, no matter how mild, has an impact,”

Joseph said. “Parents should be aware that a spanked child becomes a emotionally crippled adult who goes out into the world and plays this handicap onto others, perpetuating the idea that abusive relationships are just a normal part of life. Now, I understand that people justify it by thinking, ‘I was spanked as a child and I turned out okay,’ but that equation doesn’t work for everyone,” she said. “When we begin to justify violence as a part of our children’s lives, it becomes a slippery slope when we try to determine how much is too much? A spanking every once in a while? Using a belt or a hairbrush instead of a hand if a child is really misbehaving? At what point do you say it’s too much?”

“The bottom line is that once is too much, because it makes a second, third and 20th time that much easier to rationalize. But for those who have been abused, no matter their pasts, it does not define them nor does it determine their future. Everyone can break the bonds of their past experiences and find their way to the life and future they crave.” Joseph was born and raised on the tiny Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. She moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 with her mother and two older bothers. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from New York University. Her goal is to help others still in the grips of abuse and violence to break the cycle and find a way to a place of healing.

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PONCHATOULA—P RESIDENT of the Greater Tangipahoa Parish NAACP along with some members met with Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson June 20 to discuss allegation of mistreatment of residents by some of his police officers. For the past several weeks residents has been complaining about police mistreatment. Dorothy Wilson was attack by Ponchatoula K-9 at her home on January 7, in a controversial incident involving her son Christopher Wilson. Several weeks later Chief of Police Bry Layrisson announced Officer Steve Dailey and his K-9 partner Indo has been cleared by an independent investigation conducted by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office of allegedly setting a police dog on Dorothy Wilson. The attack on Dorothy Wilson highly up set the African American community because of her character. Morris asks chief Layrisson, do you have supervision procedures for your officers? Yes, I have supervisors for my officers, said Layrisson. Layrisson said all these alleged police misconduct, the first time I hear of them is in council meeting, and no one come to me and complaint. I don’t what to do? They must bring their complaints to me. “Everyone that do complaint have a lengthy rap sheet or outstanding warrants, and they run when they are stop by a policemen,” said Layrisson. “Well supervise officers make good appearance, and some officers go above and beyond the call of duty,” said Morris. “I have fire more than three officers and arrested some for violating procedures,” said the chief. “It would help if the community knew all our police officers. A few years

ago everyone knew our police officers‘. When the officers was patrolling they would stop and talk with everyone,” said Rev. Graves. “That is a problem, said Layrisson old officers retired and new officers don’t know the residents.” We are doing something to combat the complaints, all officers have digit recorder, and all incoming call to the police department is recording.” Chief Layrisson and Rev. Graves agreed to have a get to know your police officers‘ soon as the details are work out. On August 27, 2011 more than 800 residents young and old gather at Zion Outreach Center to meet and greet members of the Ponchatoula Police Department. “This is a great opportunity to meet your police department. The police is your friend not your emeny,” said Layrisson. “We must break down barries between the community and police officers,” he said. Pat Morris, president of The Greater Tangipahoa Parish NAACP, said, “thank you for putting your lives on the line everyday for us, the chief make right when wrong. When things happen get the facts. Your chief is someone you can talk too.” Rev.Bruce Graves pastor of New Zion Baptist thank everyone for their support to bridge the gap between the police department and the community. “ It’s easy to hate someone when you are not talking with them,” said Graves. This is the first time in the city the police officers and the community looking at each other in a positive way.” ’It was great to meet and get to know your police officers,” said Jeannmarie Pierson district C council person, The following agents greeting the community, CN Railroad Special agent Dashari Brown, Community policing Captain Michael Mcalister, Crime stoppers, Neighborhood watch Lt. Brad Sibley.

Drum Photo by EDDIE PONDS Ponchatoula police officers stress community safety during a meet and greet your police officer day hosted by Zion Outreach Center.

Daniel Edwards – Making our Sheriff’s Office the Best in the State Strong Investigative Division The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has solved over 95% of homicides and solved other crimes at twice the national average.

Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has completed all the necessary work, evaluations and reviews for accreditation. We will receive notice at the end of this month.

Internet Crimes Against Children Unit Operating seven days a week with specially trained deputies, this unit has arrested 168 sexual predators who were trying to lure our youth into dangerous encounters or other lurid conduct.

Active Community Involvement The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is active in the community. The deputies provide security at area high school athletic events, local parades and festivals and many other civic and non-profit events.

Self defense classes starts THE BATON ROUGE Police Department is offering two Equalizer Women’s SelfDefense courses. The classes will be held at the Baton Rouge Police Department Training Academy at 704 Mayflower St. The class times are from 6:00pm until 10:00pm for each session. Class one will be held October 18, 20, 25, and 27 Class two will be held November 8, 10, 15, and 17 There is no charge to attend the class. The class is open to women over the age of 13. Participants should wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity. The course covers; facts

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about violence against women, reducing the risk of becoming a victim, defensive striking, common grab defenses, headlock defenses, bear hug defenses, striking and knife defense and group escapes. Participants must attend all 4 sessions to be certified. Class size is limited, to register for the class; participants should call the Baton Rouge Police Department Training Academy at 225-389-3886.

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