Thursday, February 19

SU Ag Center to Co-Host Summit on The State of Louisiana Families

Baton Rouge, LA- The Southern University Ag Center along with PICO Louisiana, the Micah Project and members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus will co-host a summit on the “State of Families of Color in Louisiana.”  The event will be held on February 27 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Southern University Ag Center, 181 B.A. Little Drive.

The summit will provide a venue for clergy, community organizations, elected officials and academicians to review and explore existing and alternative policy/program options for improving the current plight of families of color in Louisiana.   Southern University’s School of Public Policy will share the findings from a recently completed research study that examined the “Effects of Childhood Obesity and other health related illnesses to mass incarceration.”  

According to a 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Louisiana had the highest incarceration rate of any state in the country. A 2014 article in The Times-Picayune Newspaper also stated, “Around 847 people per 100,000 Louisiana residents were incarcerated in Louisiana during 2013.”

Summit attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about some successful programs offered through the Southern University Ag Center. These programs are helping families and children meet the challenges encountered in today’s society. Members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus will participate and use the information gathered during the summit to formulate policy legislations.

The summit is free and open to community leaders, clergy and concerned citizens, but space is limited and registration is required.

Interested individuals can register online at, Individuals can also receive a paper registration form by contacting Dr. Lue Russell at, 985.974.3752 or via e-mail at



LaKeeshia Giddens

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