Simone Bray, 21, is a Senior and President of the Student Government Association at Southern University in Baton Rouge. She is traveling with over 50 other Southern students to Washington DC to partake in March on Washington 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Next Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on the Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
In 1963 hundreds of thousands rallied in the National Mall in DC for civil and economic rights for African Americans. That rally is also where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his historic speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
The non-profit's leader, Chris Meyer, was previously an administrator in the state-run Recovery School District. When New Schools launched last April, the RSD appeared ready to hand over the keys to the 7 schools it runs directly in Baton Rouge as soon as Meyer and his team had the charter school operators and resources in place.
Nearly a year and a half later, New Schools has picked half a dozen of what it considers to be the best charter operators in the country -- including Yes Prep and KIPP, which, as The Lens has reported, arefamiliar names in New Orleans. Backers have committed roughly $15 million in seed money. This fall the Recovery School District is starting the process of matching up the operators with buildings where they can start charter schools in Baton Rouge.
LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope talks about funding for higher education initiatives and dissatisfaction with the secrecy involved in selecting Dr. F. King Alexander as the new chancellor/system president.
Headline News journalist and show host Jane Velez-Mitchell talks about her new book, "The Secret Life of Jodi Arias"
Louisiana filmmaker Coltin Calloway discusses his new film, "The Climb to Katahdin", about hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Guest host Robert Travis Scott chats with new Advocate editor Peter Kovacs about taking over the daily paper and changes that are underway.
Then, a discussion of "Carmageddon" in Baton Rouge, one year ago -- the tanker accident shut down I-10 for 27 hours, locking up the capitol city. State Police Captain Taylor Moss talks about the decision to blow up the tanker and BRPD Lt. Todd Weishar discusses traffic management on that fateful day. Both examine what would happen if a similar accident occurred now.
State Sen. Rick Ward is dropping out of the race for Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District. According to The Times-Picayune, Ward's changed his mind because the position would require too much time away from his children. This decision comes three weeks after announcing his candidacy, and a month after switching to the Republican party in mid-July.
Guest Host Maxine Crump leads a discussion with parents about how they have navigated the educational landscape in Baton Rouge on behalf of their kids. Parents Tiffany Temple, Latoya Johnson, Kathryn Kissam and Carlos Thomas take part.
Baton Rouge blues man Larry Garner and Baton Rouge Blues Foundation President Bill Bryan talk about blues legend Muddy Waters, his ongoing influence on music today, and the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Foundation Gala honoring him.
Edwards is a leader of the minority party. Republicans have two-thirds supermajority control over the Senate (thanks to a few recent aisle-jumpers), a majority in the House, and every statewide office other than US Sen. Mary Landrieu's seat.