Brenda Hatfield: The Powerhouse Behind AARP Louisiana

Posted on 03/18/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Volunteering   It’s press day at the AARP Louisiana office. Camera men and reporters flank the conference room as they prepare for their respective interviews with an AARP representative. Who will represent AARP Louisiana? None other than State President Dr. Brenda Hatfield. With ease, she puts on her mic and fluently answers every question that is thrown her way, serving AARP and her community in a very influential way. Hatfield personifies the AARP vision with her vibrant personality, unwavering confidence and …

AARP Louisiana names New Orleans City Councilmember Susan Guidry 2014 Local Leader of the Year

Posted on 03/6/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Uncategorized FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​​​ March 5, 2015​ Contact: Jewel Constance 225-614-7671 jconstance@aarp.org BATON ROUGE, La. – AARP Louisiana has announced that New Orleans City Councilmember Susan Guidry is the recipient of the 2014 Local Leader of the Year award for championing issues that enhance the lives of older residents in the city. AARP selected Councilmember Guidry of District “A” in New Orleans because of her leadership and tenacity to rebuild the Carrollton-Hollygrove Senior Center, after it was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. …

Food, Music and Fun at the Audubon Zoo for AARP’s Annual Soul Fest

Posted on 03/6/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Community | Events | Home & Family | Local Resources | Volunteering FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​​​ March 5, 2015​ Contact: Jewel Constance 225-614-7671 jconstance@aarp.org New Orleans, LA –  Round up the family because AARP’s annual Soul Fest is right around the corner! Come out to enjoy authentic soul food, take in the smooth rhythms of Jazz, Gospel and Blues, and learn about the different opportunities AARP has to offer for the African American Community. Brought to you by AARP Louisiana, Soul Fest is held every year on the first weekend of March. It …

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 …