State of Greater Black Lafayette

State of Greater Black Lafayette

SOGBL - 1st Annual Black Business Expo Dec. 12, 2009

Black-Owned Businesses

Alex Temperature Control Co.   Alton Alex, 337.232.8191

Babineaux Creole Cajun Seasonings, LLC - Ronald Babineaux, 337.288.1525

Bake & Moss Mutual Financial Group - Sandra Charles, 337.230.8608

Black I Am Bookstore Art Gallery & Museum - Takuna El Shabazz, 337.326.5814

Body by Nicole; Slumber; Parties by Nicole J. - Nicole Johnson,  337.322.0490

Brenda’s Oils of Joy - Brenda Hebert, 337.255.0312

Dr. Quentin M. Brisco - Dr. Quentin M. Brisco 337.234.4987

CTC Audio & Computers LLC - Damon Flugence 337.347.0282

Carmouche Air Conditioning - Emery Carmouche, Jr. 337.230.0741

Country Cuisine Restaurant - Chris Williams, 337.269.1653

Dee’s Shoes-N-More - Beverly Carney, 337.983.0017

Elite Model & Photography Services - Susannah Malbreaux, 337.232.0448

 Faith & Soul News Magazine - Melinda Sylvester, 337.781-0158

Figaro’s Mobile Gift Service   Diane Figaro, 337.739.6150

1st Choice Consultant Group  Mary Lewis, 337.781.0419

Flugence Law Firm, LLC  - Shytishia “Sam” Flugence, Esq 337.261.1099

Green Willow - Toni LeDay, 337.233.2515

 J & J Janitorial Service - Marcella Henry, 337.316.0989

LUS Fiber - Amy Broussard, 337.210.4555

Magnolia’s Home Care, LLC    Emelie Duhon, 337.232.4351

Mary’s Flowers & Gift Shop - Mary O. Andrus, 337.235.7200

Mello Joy Coffee - Brandon Shelvin, 337.254.4117

Miller’s Sports Specialties        Lyia Singleton, 337.258.4590

Nat’l Hook-up of Black Women Ladavia Savoie, 337.351.4144

Natural Awakenings-Acadiana Edition - Steven T. Castille, 337.896.0085

Paychex - Terrence Richard, 337.280.5158

Peggy’s Tasty Treats  - Peggy Ann Jones, 337.230.6354

Purses N More by Shirley - Shirley Newman

 Obey’s Artworks - Jarred Obey, 337.371.8384

Jonetta Sam Realtor - Jonetta Sam, 337.280.7494

Scentsy - Tyra Loston, 337.326.3841

Super Inks, LLC - Freddie Glover, Jr., 337.235.7282

Town House Office Plaza - Ronald Babineaux, 337.288.1525

Umoja Books & Products - Uuka Eleg ba, 337.781.5758

Vanguard Education - Dr. Toni Muhammad

Yall’s Catering - Chris Ozene, 337.354.7620

Laf. Democrats's Healthcare Forum to Air on TV 10 Mon @ 4pm

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susannah Malbreaux, Chairwoman: 337.212.1950

Mike Stagg, Secretary: 337.962.1680

Lafayette Democrats Healthcare Forum to Air on KLFY TV 10 Monday, Oct. 26th @ 4:00pm

LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Democratic Parish Executive Committee Healthcare Forum, featuring Senator Mary Landrieu, Dr. Nellie August-Prudhomme and Dr. Mike Robichaux will air on KLFY on Monday at 4p.m.

The forum, recorded live on Saturday at the Clifton Chenier Center Auditorium in Lafayette, included one-hour of questions from viewers and audience members on healthcare reform, which was described by forum moderator, Blue Rolfes of KLFY as "the hottest topic in the country."

The forum was the result of the Lafayette Democratic Executive Committee's objection to an all-Republican forum on healthcare reform that originated in Shreveport in early September.  KLFY received numerous calls and complaints from viewers about the one-sided nature of that event and offered Lafayette Democrats one hour of free airtime to afford viewers of Lafayette and other markets a balanced perspective on what Senator Landrieu called a "complex and complicated issue."

"We only wanted viewers to have an opportunity to hear both sides of the healthcare reform issue, Lafayette Democratic Chairwoman Susannah Malbreaux said.  We are grateful to Senator Landrieu, Dr. Prudhomme, Dr. Robichaux and the management and staff of KLFY for enabling our side of the issue to be heard."

The forum will also be broadcast in Shreveport and Lake Charles during the week.




Bradley H. Pollock Tribute Sunday, Oct. 11 6:30 PM UL Lafayette

A tribute to the life & contributions of Bradley H. Pollock is scheduled for this Sunday, October 11, 2009, in the Quad at UL Lafayette. Professor Pollock touched the lives of countless students in his 25 years at our university. Please join with fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members to honor and remember Professor Pollock.

Professor Pollock was a kind, gentle, and thoughtful colleague and friend who played a vital role in the Department of History and Geography. He joined the faculty in 1984, and since that time has become a fixture in the department, teaching a range of important classes in U.S., African, African American, and Global History. Brad has lo ng been a respected teacher and a highly sought after community activist. From the time of his M.A. thesis on W.E.B. Dubois and the Dilemma of the Racial Dialect, Professor Pollock dedicated his professional career to the discussion and consideration of minority affairs and the importance of African American culture in the U.S. This tragic loss is felt by his family, friends, colleagues, and students.

It is difficult to recap all that Brad gave and all that he meant. Looking through his file, a letter, written in 1977 in support of his application to become a graduate student in History at (then) USL stands out. One of his professors from Oberlin College wrote: “Brad also has the kind of personality which encourages people, students and faculty, to trust on another and to listen to each other. In this day people like Brad Pollock are hard to find, and he will be sorely missed here at Oberlin.” As we all reflect on his many contributions, both personal and professional, and all that he meant to us –students and colleagues alike– this one section from a letter written over 30 years ago reminds us of Brad’s consistency. He will be sorely missed here at UL Lafayette and the void he leaves cannot be filled.

Brad graduated from James H. Brown High School in Chicago. He earned a B. A. from Oberlin College of Ohio in 1977 and an M.A. in History from UL Lafayette (USL) in 1980. He continued his graduate studies in the Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


In the News - NEWS RELEASE



Contact: Susannah Malbreaux, Forum Administrator


 September 29, 2009



On Saturday, September 19, 2009, the State of Greater Black Lafayette (SOGBL) hosted it’s 3rd in a series of ongoing forums at the Clifton Chenier Auditorium.

 The focus of the forum was "The Matter of Race in Greater Lafayette", a discussion of issues, and relative to race relations that affect the black community.  The moderators, panelists and speakers consisted of very competent individuals who voiced their views on a series of issues including self-determination, the effects of integration, economic disparities, cultural diversity, economic empowerment, and racism's impact on our youth.

      Some of the key points that were made during the forum were as follows:

 Black people must awaken to the creative force on the inside of us in order that we can do things for ourselves.  When a people cry out for freedom and justice, there must be courage to act, or you become just another slave waiting for someone else to do for you what you are capable of doing for yourself.  Blacks are not lacking in skill and ability, but we are lacking the self-knowledge, self-discipline, and self-denial to pursue the use of these skills and abilities for the collective good.  -  Takuna El Shabazz

 Black people must know who we are and use that knowledge to benefit community.  In the 30's and 40's there was a strong black culture and a strong black economic system.  Blacks owned businesses and were supported by the black community.  Today, we have lost our sense of community, our motivation, and have gone to sleep.  We must know our neighbors, understand their concerns, and bring those concerns to the authorities.  We must teach our people, who don't know the basics of addressing the issues of concern in our community, how to do so.  -  Dr. Baranco

 Family was important.  Blacks used to be raised by their families and by the community.  It took a village to raise a child, and that is what used to happen in the black community.  Children knew who they were and grew up with strong self-esteem.  Because of segregation we had to help each other.  We had self-determination.  However, Dr. King wanted systemic equality for blacks.  Blacks didn't know what was on the other side of the limited access that had been forced upon them.  He wanted blacks to see.  This was the purpose of integration  -  John Freeman

 Truth will make us free.  Young people must know their history and culture.  We have been victims of miseducation.  Integration is a failure at worst and incomplete at best.  Blacks used to have a vision of what they wanted to be.  We must say what we want relative to the concerns of our communities (i.e. stop taking tax dollars out of our communities and using them to improve other parts of the city).  We must stop allowing resources to be bled out of our communities.  -  Louis Ali

 Racism is real in schools in Lafayette.  For example, black children were not allowed to demonstrate the full expression of their joy over the election of President Obama.  People should be able to celebrate whoever they want to celebrate, especially a man who has done the work necessary to win the vote of the majority of the U.S. population, regardless of the color of his skin.  -  James Thomas

 Our country is becoming more and more racially and culturally diverse.  Separation is even evident in the school yard.  However, Is this separation more because of racism or because of diversity.  Our children even put certain labels on themselves, so how should we address this with them?  Individuals have benefitted from relationships with both blacks and whites.  Why do we have to build walls?  -  Sharon Williams

 From a black media perspective, our people under-utilize it.  Integration allowed blacks to shop and do business in places we previously could not.  However, blacks need to become more accustomed to asking, in the places where they do business, if those businesses support black media.  We need to integrate a cultural thinking that will change our community and future generations.  -  Melinda Sylvester

 Self-determination is the ability to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves - freedom, equal justice under the law, and equal membership in society with the best in society.  Knowing thyself leads to knowing our purpose and mission in life.  We must start with ourselves and our families.  We must stop living according to the excessive, individualistic, wasteful system that we have become a part of.  We must establish/support schools that properly educate/address the needs of our children.  -  Dr. Toni Simms Muhammad

      Panelists encouraged blacks to ascribe to some key influences:  development of strong values, community first, pursuit of excellence, respect.  Some individuals on the panel shared the benefits of living in the South Louisiana culture and called that culture a rich culture that has been a blessing.  Others commented on the effects of a culture of oppression and forced ignorance of our black culture and history.  It was stated that we know where we are as a people, but where will we go and how will we achieve it?  They declared that it is time to take action.

      The group compiled a list of solutions/plans of action to begin addressing these issues.  They are as follows:

 1.  Actively participate in decision-making processes (i.e. school board/city council meetings).

2.  Respect/consult with the elders of our community (i.e. Dr. Baranco/John Freeman)

3.  Establish diverse relationships and connections.

4.  Utilize the opportunities that are made available (i.e. education).

5.  Support our own businesses.

6.  Reconnect with our spiritual heritage and establish a spiritual legacy.

7.  Educate/regain proper control of our children.

8.  Invest in our own community.

9.  Develop land literacy, ownership, etc.(i.e. through educational seminars)

     The group does not deny that systemic racism is real in our city.  However, through developing and following through on these and other plans of action, we can begin to plant seeds of self-determination in our children and in people of the disenfranchised areas of the city.  We can reestablish community and a sense of pride in our culture.  Black leadership must rise up and properly represent the needs of the community.

     The State of Greater Black Lafayette(SOGBL) meets regularly to discuss issues pertinent to the Community.  It is in these settings that we can begin to develop the goals and objectives that will provide a structured approach to applying the solutions and fulfilling the plans of action that were developed during the forum.  Visit our website for more information.

If you would like more information contact Susannah Malbreaux @ 337.212.1950 or email

Forum Moderators:

 Mrs. Susannah J. Malbreaux & Attorney John Milton