Southeastern to host African American Male Empowerment Summit


Thursday, July 15, 2021 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Education and Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, as well as the Sons of Promise and Daughters of Destiny Organization, are presenting the African American Male Empowerment Summit July 23 and 24.    Titled “Twenty-one Years into the 21st Century: Where are we now, and how do we pursue greater equity in key quality of life indicators,” the event will take place in Southeastern’s Student Union Ballroom.
     Southeastern Assistant Professor John Hatcher, organizer of the summit, said that the purpose of the summit is to discuss the community and to chart a new course for quality of life indicators, such as educational attainment, economic and social justice.
     “Those attending the summit can be a part of creating a shared vision on how to pursue greater equity in our communities through tiered mentorship and a collective wisdom,” he said. “We will also discuss real and relevant challenges experienced by African American Males in the 21st century and how to create a viable support system for the target population, while helping develop a strategic plan to engage one another and our communities.”
     The keynote speaker is the Senior U.S. District Judge, the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle. Lemelle’s federal judicial service includes serving as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Bill Clinton nominated him on Feb. 12, 1997, to a seat vacated by Veronica D. Wicker. Lemelle was confirmed by the Senate on April 3, 1998, and received commission on April 7, 1998. Ultimately, he received senior status on June 29, 2015, and was inducted into the National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame.
     The summit includes numerous panel discussions, guest speakers, and meals. Registration is $25 per person and is available by emailing Hatcher at

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