Gov. Edwards Launches Council on the Success of Black Men and Boys

IMG_9628This week, Gov. John Bel Edwards hosted a reception to launch the start of the Council on the Success of Black Men and Boys. Edwards signed legislation creating the Council, Act 103, during the 2018 Regular Legislative Session earlier this year. The bill was authored by State Rep. Ted James of Baton Rouge.

State Rep. Ted James
State Rep. Ted James



“I am excited that we are beginning the important work before us because we understand all of our children need champions,” said Edwards. “These members have been charged with recommending ways in which we can grow pathways of opportunity for more of our children to pursue higher education, develop job skills that are in high demand, connect with careers that can sustain families for a lifetime and live lives that they can be proud of.”

The Council held its first meeting this week and will issue its first report by February 2019.

Members include the following:
Rep. Ted James – Chair of the Council
Rep. Barbara Norton
Rep. Royce Duplessis
Sen. Wesley Bishop
Sen. Yvonne Colomb
Rev. Edward Alexander – President, Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention
Dr. Adren Wilson – Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor
Kenneth Burrell – Deputy Secretary,Louisiana Workforce Commission
Matthew Butler – Director of Sales, CSRS Incorporated
Ryan Clark – LSU alumnus and ESPN analyst
Rick Gallot – President, Grambling State University
Rev. Raymond Jetson- Chief Executive Catalyst, MetroMorphosis
Eric Williams – Pastor, Beacon Light Church Baton Rouge
Dr. Walter Kimbrough – President, Dillard University
Victor Lashley – Vice President of Global Trade and Sales, JP Morgan
Reginald Devold – District C Vice President, Louisiana NAACP
Dr. Roland Mitchell – Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education at LSU
Judy Reese Morse – President and CEO, Urban League of Louisiana
Terri Ricks – Deputy Secretary, Louisiana Dept. of Children and Family Services
James Windom – Executive Director, Capitol Area Reentry Program

Click here to read Act 103.