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
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.
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
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
Brad graduated from
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Susannah Malbreaux, Forum Administrator
September 29, 2009
“THE MATTER OF RACE IN GREATER
STATE OF GREATER BLACK
On Saturday, September 19, 2009, the State of Greater Black Lafayette (
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 -
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
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
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/
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(
If you would like more information contact Susannah Malbreaux @ 337.212.1950 or email
Mrs. Susannah J. Malbreaux & Attorney John Milton