Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations
Dr. Richard Haymaker, President
Ms. Marjorie Green, Vice President
Dr. Diana Dorroh, Secretary
Dr. Daniel Yannitell, Treasurer
Rev. Philip Woodland, Immediate Past President
Mrs. LaMarylis Cotten, Bd. 2003
Dr. Mary Joseph, Bd. 2003
Mrs. Joyce Robinson, Bd. 2003
Mr Richard Elmo Zufall, Bd. 2003
Mrs. Evellyn Albert, Bd. 2004
Mrs. Hallique Dawson, Bd. 2004
Dr. Margaret Pereboom, Bd. 2004
Prof. Mercedese Broussard, Asst. Secretary & Bd. 2004
Mr Leslie Burris. Bd. 2005
Dr. James Cross, Bd. 2005
Mrs. Dorothy Newman, Bd. 2005
Dr. Rogers Newman, Bd. 2005
The Board started the year looking at a summary of the six Forums over the past three years. Over the years the Council has sponsored an impressive list of programs and speakers. Inspired by this, the program committee this year included Margaret Pereboom, Marjorie Green, James Cross, Elmo Zufall, Hallique Dawson, Richard Haymaker(ex officio) and Rogers Newman, convener.
Fall Forum: On
November 14 we held a forum on “School Vouchers” at the University United
Methodist Church. Rogers Newman
took the lead in organizing the event and
Marjorie Green presided.
Speaking in favor were Danny Shelton with the Catholic Diocese of
Baton Rouge and Fanny Godwin, a citizen activist. Speaking against were Carol Davis of
the Louisiana Association of Educators
and Fred Skelton of the American Federation of Teachers. The moderator was Patrice Niquille
with the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
against: Vouchers would siphon funds from an already under funded public school
system and give it to private-and selective- school
systems. Argument for: Vouchers would give students the opportunity escape failing school systems and obtain a better education.
Spring Forum: On May 8, we held a forum on “Issues Facing the Next Governor” at First United Methodist Church. Margaret Pereboom took the lead in organizing the event and Richard Haymaker presided. It was Cosponsored by The Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues, Baton Rouge Chapter of the YWCA and the Louisiana Health Care Campaign. The speakers were Skip Smart Assistant Secretary, Department of Economic Development; John Rombach, Legislative Fiscal Officer, Legislative Fiscal Office State Finances; James Brexler, CEO, LSU Health Sciences Center, Health Care Services Division; Doug Leyda, Board Member, The Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues; and Dr. Sally Clausen, President, The University of Louisiana System. The Moderator was Karen Henderson, News Director, WRKF. Candidates for governor Buddy Leach and Mike Stagg attended. A summary will appear in the next newsletter.
Powell Reznikoff Humanitarian Awards Dinner, April 17: The Humanitarian Award Committee members were Mercedes Broussard, Joyce Robinson, Hallique Dawson and Elmo Zufall, Chair. The awards this year went to Rev. Phil Woodland and Ms. Willie C. Johnson. Rev. Jeff Day with the Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues was the speaker. The Liturgical Dance Group from Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church provided entertainment. Dorothy Crockett arranged the very fine meeting room at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield center. A special thanks for this successful occasion in the life of the Council celebrating the people in the community that serve as role models to all of us.
Annual Meeting (June 13, 2002). The Annual Meeting committee members were Margaret Pereboom, Richard Haymaker, Dorthy Newman, Dan Yannitell and James Cross, Chair. There was discussion about events of the past year and suggestions for future initiatives.
Istrouma High Awards: Joyce Robinson was the chair of the committee. Awards of $50 each went to Joslyn Hayes for Academics, to Pamela Hughes for Attendance, and to Danielle Williams-Newman for Most Improved.
Fences by playwright August Wilson: Marjorie Green took the initiative to invite the membership to attend a matinee performance of Fences at the LSU Swine Palace Theater on September 15. In collaboration with the Robbie Madden and the YWCA we participated in a Dialogue on Race after the performance.
Mieko Hattori visit: On the tenth anniversary of the shooting death of Yoshi Hattori, his mother, Mieko visited the US on an effort to publicize efforts to stop gun violence. She visited Baton Rouge and the Haymakers invited the Board and Officers to a reception in her honor in their home on September 24.
YWCA Week Without Violence October 20 –26: Holley Haymaker represented he Council participating in a forum on gun violence during this annual event.
Speaker on Iraq, October 17 : The Council cosponsored an event put on by Bienville House at LSU. Kathy Kelly with Voices in the Wilderness was on a speaking tour of the US describing her experiences living in Iraq and her efforts to look for peaceful solution to the standoff with the US.
YWCA Dialogue on Race: Hallique Dawson participated once a week in a six week program to help people better understand how to achieve better race relations. The Council has helped publicize the program.
Monitoring Race Relations Project: Rogers Newman reported to the Board on a number of occasions on progress in an effort to canvass Baton Rouge on race relations.
Forum on Iraq, February 19: About 700 people attended this forum titled “What Price Peace, What Price War” at LSU. The Council was a cosponsor along with the LSU Faculty Senate, the LSU Political Science and English Departments, the Wesley Foundation at LSU, Bienville House. There were eight speakers from many walks of life and many points of view.
YWCA Racial Justice Breakfast, May 2: The Council was a co-sponsor of this annual event. Awards went to Rev. Jeff Day and Sister Kathleen Bahlinger.
Baton Rouge Bus Boycott 1953-2003, June 19-21: The Council will help publicize this conference held at Southern University and LSU.
HOBY, June 13-15: Richard Haymaker will represent the Council as a speaker to the Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in a session on Violence in America.
I wish to thank the many officers and board members who have been mentors to me. The large number of names in italics in this report indicate the breath of commitment in the Council. On behalf of the Council I wish to express our gratitude to all of you and for other contributions including:
Diana Dorroh and Mercedese Broussard for taking careful minutes of all meetings,
Dan Yannitell for keeping records of our funds,
Dorothy Newman for serving as chair of the membership committee,
Leslie and Shirley Burris for maintaining the membership list and supplying labels,
LaMarylis Cotten chaired the Nominating Committee, which also included Harriet Pitcher, Mercedes Broussard, David Madden and Rupert Richardson,
Joe McCarty and Paul Burns for putting out the newsletter,
The Louisiana. School for the Visually Impaired students under Marjorie Green’s direction for the many hours of preparing the mailings to the membership
Hallique Dawson for arranging the Wesley Foundation meeting room,
and Marjorie Green has always prepared refreshments for our events, getting help from many others.
It is an honor to be part of the work of the Council
June 12, 2003