Dr. Richard Haymaker, President
Ms. Marjorie Green, Vice President
Dr. Joyce Robinsion, Secretary
Dr. Daniel Yannitell, Treasurer
Rev. Philip Woodland, Immediate Past President
Mr Leslie Burris. Bd. 2005 & Asst. Sec.
Dr. James Cross, Bd. 2005
Dr. Rogers Newman, Bd. 2005
Mr. Tom Clemons, Bd. 2006
Dr. Jehad Mahmoud, Bd. 2006
Ms. Patrice Niquille, Bd. 2006
Mrs. Joyce Robinson, Bd. 2006 & Secretary
Dr. Thelma Deamer, Bd. 2007
Mr. Doug Leyda, Bd. 2007
Dr. Margaret Pereboom, Bd. 2007
Mr. Roosevelt Stevenson, Bd. 2007
Rev. Glorious Wright, Bd. 2007
Note that we now have a website www.brchr.org. It is current and will be updated regularly. This report will be posted and one can find much supporting information about the Council there.
The program committee this year included, Marjorie Green, Richard Haymaker (ex officio and convener), Doug Leyda, Jehad Mahmoud, Rogers Newman, Margaret Pereboom, Phil Woodland, and Glorious Wright.
Three Fall Forums in October In partnership with the Working Interfaith Alliance (WIN), the council cosponsored two well-attended local runoff candidate forums: (1) MetroCouncil District 2 runoff between Ulysses “Bones” Addison and Joe Jenkins on October 18 (attendance 175) and (2) Between Mayor-President runoff candidates Melvin “Kip” Holden and Bobby Simpson on October 25 (attendance 285).
The council on October 28 cosponsored with LSU’s Wesley
Foundation a Presidential Election Forum featuring speakers Jim Richardson,
Director of the LSU’s Public Administration Institute and of
Powell Reznikoff Humanitarian Awards Dinner, April 7:
The Humanitarian Award Committee members were Mercedes Broussard,
Leslie Burris, Dorothy Crockett, Hallique Dawson,Co-Chair, Marjorie Green,Co-chair and Dan Yannitell. The awards this year went to Johnnie A.
Jones, Sr. & Martha White, Baton
Rouge Bus Boycott activists and Gertrude “Trudi” K. Meyers, community activist. Mayor-President
Melvin “Kip” Holden was to be our speaker but was unable to return in time
from a trip to
Annual Meeting: (June 19, 2004). The Annual Meeting committee members were Evelyn Albert, James Cross, chair, Laurabeth Hicks, Rogers Newman and Patrice Niquille. We had a joint meeting with the Louisiana Council on Human Relations. The speakers were Professors Raymond T. Diamond and Alfreda Sellars-Diamond on the topic of Brown vs. the Board of Education. The Oliver-Sigur Humanitarian Awards were presented at the meeting. The awards went to Wilma Subra, an environmental activist and to Ernest J. Gaines, renowned writer.
Istrouma High Awards:
Joyce Robinson, served
as the Istrouma High Awards committee.
Awards of $50 each went to John Weathers for Academics, to Trinesha
Christy for Attendance, and to Michael Dunn for Most Improved. These students were very gracious in
receiving these checks and knew that someone had paid attention to the
different behaviors and levels that they had reached by the time they were
Voices of Civil Rights Bus
Tour Comes to
Special Event Honors Civil
Rights Attorney Johnnie Jones, Sr. The Council publicized the an event “Challenges to Law and Life:
Portrait of a Pioneer Civil Rights Attorney” was the title of a special event
honoring Johnnie Jones, Sr. at the Southern University Law School on November
5. Jones was the lead attorney for the 1953
Citizen Lobbying with Southern Mutual Help Association In
October, members of the Baton Rouge Council sent letters opposing the FDIC
(Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) proposed changes which will hurt
Cooperation with a New Civil
Rights Organization, Equity!
DeBose Competition, 30th Anniversary Southern
University has hosted the Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition for 30 years
WXOK radio show Our board member Rev. Glorious Wright has a weekly radio show on WXOK 1460AM on Sunday mornings at 10:00AM. Council Members Richard Haymaker and Hallique Dawson have been guests on the program publicizing events and activities of the Council.
Meeting with Congressman Richard Baker The Baton Rourge Council took the lead in organizing a meeting of a number of organizations with Congressman Richard Baker as a citizen lobbying effort of about 12 community leaders to ask that the federal budget not be balanced on the backs of the poor. On Mar. 22, 2005, we met with the congressman for 30 minutes.
Letters to Public Officials The president of the Council sent letters to the following public officials as directed by the board: A congratulatory letter to Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden; A thank you letter to Gov. Blanco for signing Executive Order No. KBB 2004-54, State Prohibition Against Harassment and Discrimination. In particular we appreciate including “sexual orientation” along with race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or disabilities; An advocacy letter to Superintendent of Schools Charlotte D. Placide concerning the appointment of an educational leader that would promote the ideals of the Council. The letter was drafted by Council board member Patrice Niquille.
Continuing activities of Abraham’s Salon – Noah’s Pudding Muslims from Turkey living in Baton Rouge invited members of the University United Methodist Church and other friends to share in their traditional “Noah’s Pudding” Festival, Saturday, March 5, 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall of University United Church. The evening was an outgrowth of the “Abraham Salon” sponsored by the Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues and co-sponsor-ed by the BR Council starting two years ago. It is hoped the evening helped to tear down barriers of fear and suspicion, and build bridges of understanding and trust. There was a brief discussion of the points of similarity and difference among the three monotheistic religions claiming Abraham as father, Jewish, Christian and Muslim.
YWCA Racial Justice Award Program. The Council was a partner for this, the 12th
annual award breakfast. The award went
to Maxine Crump who has had a lifetime of service to eliminate racism. She was a driving force for many years for
the YWCA’s Dialogues on Race. The focus was to redefine racism in its
institutional context and to explore its impact in day-today
Children’s Coalition: The Council continues to be amember of the Children’s Coalition of Greater Baton Rouge with a reduced membership fee negotiated by Richard Haymaker.
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:
Joyce Robinson and Leslie Burris for taking careful minutes of all meetings,
Dan Yannitell for keeping records of our funds.
Joyce Robinson and Thelma Deamer of the membership committee,
Thelma Deamer, James Cross and Roosevelt Stevenson for the annual meeting -2005,
Glorious Wright and Leslie Burris, for publicity,
Dan Yannitell chaired the Nominating Committee, which also included Mercedese Broussard ,Glorious Wright, Leslie Burris and Laurabeth Hicks.
Joe McCarty and Paul Burns for putting out the newsletter,
Dan Yannitell, Phil Woodland, Joyce Robinson, Marjorie Green, Leslie Burris, Jim Cross, Rogers Newman and Margaret Pereboom for hosting our meetings,
And to the many people who prepared refreshments for our events.
In the coming year we are ready to build on the efforts to enhance communications among all organizations in the area that work on racial justice.
It is an honor to be part of the work of the Council,
June 11, 2005