NEW ORLEANS, LA – On Tuesday, February 26, the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and the Urban League of Louisiana announced their plans to bring the Inaugural Empowerment Policy conference to New Orleans later this fall. The conference will proactively address issues that impact African American communities in Louisiana and also serve to educate the public on how to become more involved and active in their communities.

The event is scheduled for September 27 – 28, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. In the coming months, the Urban League will facilitate community listening sessions throughout the state encouraging citizens to attend and share their vision for the future. These listening sessions will subsequently inform the content and design of the conference.

“We are grateful to the LLBC for this partnership and are excited to get started,” said Judy Reese Morse, President and CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana. “Policy, partnerships, programming and people lead to equitable action and change, and that is the essence of the Urban League of Louisiana and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.”

A variety of quality of life issues that impact the African American community plan to be covered throughout the conference. Additionally, the two day event will be packed with featured speakers, discussion panels and networking opportunities. The event is geared toward everyone from the everyday citizen to elected officials, local, statewide and national.

“Our goal is present this conference as a way to help capture the untapped capacity and ideas that are already in our communities. We hope to not only be able to overcome systemic obstacles, but help our citizens to achieve unprecedented levels of success, ” said Representative Randal Gaines of Laplace, who is also the current Chairman of the LLBC.

Listening sessions will be held in the spring and will be announced through traditional media as well as the social media platforms of both the Urban League and the LLBC.

To view the full press conference, click on the video below: