Baton Rouge, LA—The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (LLBCF) will hold its 35th Annual Bayou Classic Scholarship Jazz Brunch Saturday, November 30, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The brunch will be held at The Hyatt Regency New Orleans in the Empire Ballroom, located at 601 Loyola Ave. in New Orleans, LA.
The Bayou Classic Scholarship Jazz Brunch serves as a fund-raiser for LLBCF and as an informational and motivational forum for the constituents of the LLBC. Proceeds collected from the brunch will be used by the LLBC for scholarships presented to Southern University and Grambling State University students.
During the Brunch Dr. Jewel L. Prestage will be honored posthumously. Dr. Prestage, from Hutton, LA, was an American political scientist, citizen activist, educator, and author. She is the first African-American woman to complete a doctorate in political science in the United States. In 1977, she co-authored the anthology A Portrait of Marginality. LLBC Chairman Randal L. Gaines will honor Mr. Flozell Daniels. Mr. Daniels, from New Orleans, is the President and CEO of Foundation for Louisiana, prior to that he served as Tulane University’s Assistant Vice-President &
Executive Director of State and Local Affairs for nine years. He also served as an Urban Policy Specialist & Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Mayor of New Orleans. LLBCF Chairwoman Patricia Haynes Smith will honor Mr. Norris Henderson. Mr. Henderson is the Founder and Executive Director of both VOTE and a sister organization, Voters Organized to Educate.
After being incarcerated for 27 years, Norris held leadership positions in many organizations, including Co-Director of Safe Streets/Strong Communities and Community Outreach Coordinator of the Louisiana Justice Coalition. As well as serves on a number of organizations’ Board of Directors including Family & Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, and acts as Board President of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. The annual Avery C. Alexander Civil Rights Award will be presented to Ms. Jenelle Chargois (posthumously) of Lafayette. Miss Chargois was the long tenured GM of KJCB-AM radio station in Lafayette, LA where she also was an on-air personality. Chargois started Lafayette’s first Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, co-founded the Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce, and served as President of the Lafayette Branch of the NAACP. Mrs. Margie Loud Zeno is the recipient of the Pinkie C. Wilkerson Humanitarian Award. Mrs. Zeno is a retired Jefferson Parish school district administrator, is an education consultant and community activist. The Charles I. Hudson Award Visionary Award will be bestowed upon Ms. Kathe Hambrick. Ms. Hambrick is a Gonzales, La. native, who after a career as Sytems Analyst at IBM founded the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville, LA. She also served as the President of the National Association of African American Museums, and served on the task force for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She currently serves as Director of Interpretation at the West Baton Rouge Museum. These awards are named in honor of three former LLBC members who worked diligently to raise the quality of life for African-Americans in the areas of human rights, civil rights, education, healthcare, policy reform, and economic development. ,
Additionally, the LLBC will honor Southern University Legend Lt. General Russell Honore’, US Army Retired, after a distinguished career in the Army, Gen. Honore’ helped bring order to the chaos of New Orleans after flooding by Hurricane Katrina. Honore’ is widely recognized as one of America’s most inspirational military and civic leaders. Grambling State University Legend is Mr. Calvin Brown from Farmersville, LA. The first recognized African American stunt man in Hollywood, Brown helped to found the Black Stuntmen’s Association and the Sober Living House. Brown became a 2nd Class Special Delivery Mail Messenger for the United States Postal Service, and continued that career while at Grambling State University, and after he moved to California to become a stuntman.
“Our goal with our many corporate partners is to provide scholarships in perpetuity for students with academic merit and need throughout the state,” stated LLBC Chairman, State
Representative Randal L. Gaines.
For additional information, please contact the LLBCF at (225) 342-7342.