Awakening: Voting Rights & Redistricting Summit
March 14th, 2019
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA
AWAKENING is a series of summits aimed to engage Louisiana citizens in important conversations around the most pressing policy issues. Summit outputs support a policy think tank for elected officials interested in progressive policies impacting communities of color. Working group organizations as of 12/29/18 include the Louisiana Institute of Public Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization; the Louisiana State NAACP, an organization that fights to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminate race-based discrimination; and Prophetic Voices, a coalition of concerned clergy who seek to galvanize the faith community to address and help generate solutions for the religious and socio-political concerns of communities whose voices are ordinarily ignored and/or silenced.
Schedule as of 12/29/18
Location: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Panel: Voting Rights & Redistricting in the 21st Century: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Confirmed Participants as of 12/29/18
Moderator: Alejandro “Al” Perkins: Undergraduate degree in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1999 and Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center (SULC) in 2004. After a two-year judicial law clerkship for the Honorable Judge Wilson Fields at the 19th Judicial District Court, joined Hammonds, Sills, Adkins and Guice law firm. Al is a litigator specializing in complex litigation, general liability, workers’ compensation, labor and employment, education law and insurance defense and as of January 2013 he is the youngest partner of the firm.
Panelist: Jay Augustine: A faith-based leader in social justice, he is the 46th senior pastor of Historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown New Orleans, the birthplace of African Methodism in the Deep South and the author of “Sometimes Seeing is Believing: Reflections on Faith & the Black Family Because of the Obamas,” published in Mr. President: Interfaith Perspectives on the Historic Presidency of Barack H. Obama (2016) and The Keys Are Being Passed: Race, Law Religion & the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement (2014), a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Civil Rights Movement.