The La Legislative Black Caucus and LLBC Foundation hosted their 29th Annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch.The event was a collaborative effort , held Saturday, November 30, 2013, the legislative Caucus and its foundation to raise funds to grant scholarships to Louisiana students from elementary education through higher education.
The LLBC and LLBCF also awarded the Avery C. Alexander Civil Rights Award to two recipients this year: Rev. Betty Claiborne; Pastor, Heard Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and to Rev. E. Edward Jones, Sr.; Pastor, Galilee Baptist Church of Shreveport, for their exemplary work in their communities; the Pinkie C. Wilkerson Humanitarian Award to LafayeCarter Jackson; Memorial Funeral Home of Homer, LA the Charles I. Hudson Visionary Award to Erica McGeachy Crenshaw of Execute Now!.
This year saw in inclusion of the Bayou Classic Legend Award, given to spectacular alumni of Grambling State University and Southern University. The inaugural winners were Willie Brown, administrator of the Oakland Raiders and Hall of Famer for Grambling, and Alecia Shields-Gadson, the athletic director at Coppin State University, for Southern.
Additionally, the LLBCF was able to grant scholarships to college students during the event based on their essay submissions, and they were: Leon Duncan, Jr., University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Nakia Nicole Graham, Northwestern State University; Justin Williams, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.