Working to Make Streets Safe for All

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Community City streets aren’t just for cars. Bicyclists, bus riders and pedestrians of all ages, abilities and speeds are on the roads and sidewalks—and AARP Louisiana is working to make sure these thoroughfares are safe for everyone. The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council recently passed a “complete streets” resolution, calling on city planners to design streets for all users, and to include sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, medians and bus shelters. Baton Rouge ranks second worst in traffic congestion among similarly sized cities …

The HistoryMakers: Living Black History at the Library of Congress

Posted on 02/26/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Uncategorized We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past, Till now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast. Those words, from the second verse of the Black National Anthem, perhaps best describe a new permanent exhibit at the Library of Congress. It is called The HistoryMakers archive – 2,600 videotaped interviews with African-American …

Economic Empowerment: The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights

Posted on 02/10/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, who last year hosted a conference themed, “Bridges to Jobs and Justice”, often stresses the need for poor people to have jobs as a key to economic empowerment and civil rights. Marcia Griffin, founder of Homefree USA, says home ownership is crucial to economic empowerment since “96 percent of African-American wealth is in our homes.” Michael Grant, president/CEO of the National Bankers Association, says the key to economic empowerment in the Black community is …

AARP will provide free tax assistance and preparation beginning February 2014

Posted on 02/3/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

About AARP | Volunteering (Baton Rouge, LA) – This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. “Tax-Aide is one of the hallmark programs of AARP Foundation. Its …

Dr. Carter G. Woodson: His Peculiar Road to Becoming the Father of Black History

Posted on 02/1/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

He was born to former slaves in 1875. His parents, Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson, could neither read nor write. Instead of going to school, he stayed home and worked the family farm in New Canton, Va. Having largely taught himself, he didn’t attend high school until he was 20 years old. And yet, as a man with this humble childhood experience, Carter Godwin Woodson went on to attend Berea College in Kentucky, the University of Chicago, Sorbonne …

Volunteer Leadership that Changes Communities

Posted on 01/30/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Advocacy | Volunteering It’s a busy day in the AARP Louisiana office. Executive Directors, Vice Presidents and policy makers are milling about the conference room. But the who’s who of Baton Rouge quickly comes to order when a woman directs their attention to the agenda. Meet Dr. Jeanne George. George is the epitome of the dynamic AARP volunteer leader, serving the community in a powerful and impactful way as co-chair of a policy workgroup. George has a passion for transportation issues. Her vibrant …