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    COMMENTARY: Judge Janice Clark’s legacy lives on

    December 31, 2020 was be the last official day that Judge Janice Clark will “dispense justice” in an official judicial capacity. The irony of the aforementioned statement is, if you know her then you know justice and equality has been the pillars of her foundation, the solid rock she stands on, the sheer existence of her being.

    Janice Gartrell Clark, a native of Plainfield, N.J., was raised in the Baptist Church – Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of both Plainfield and Baton Rouge. An Historically Black College and University queen who matriculated through Howard University and Florida A&M University (FAMU) for her baccalaureate studies and Southern University for her Jurist Doctorate (JD). Many may not know she accomplished many a feat including her JD while married with young children and living in Southern’s Married Student housing.

    It has been said that “Legacy is not what’s left tomorrow when you’re gone. It’s what you give, create, impact and contribute today while you’re here that then happens to live on.” Janice Clark’s legacy will be an infinite piece of Louisiana history for years.

    She naturally wielded power from her youthful days before there ever was an inclination for a judicial position. See my mother began fighting the good fight way back during the famous March On Washington. She MARCHED!! As a FAMU student she led the march and protest for civil rights and the FAMU Law Center!

    She MARCHED as an attorney. She fought for the rights of others through a plethora of avenues, including private practice, the Board of Directors for Capital Area Legal Services, Gus Young Nonviolence, the NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.!! She LED!! She led a group of Black attorneys and sued the State of LA at the U.S. Supreme Court to carve and create Minority Voting blocs and Districts! She WON!! Louisiana has more black judges than many states because of her lawsuit! She also was instrumental in leading the charge for creating and building the new 19th Judicial District Court’s 12-story courthouse.

    Leaving and retiring from the 19th JDC may mark the end of an era on that bench, in that job, in that space, but not in her natural God-given position as Servant and Fighter for the people. She will continue to walk in her purpose, fighting the good fight, until like the Rev. Martin Luther King’s said: “Justice Rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

    Janice Clark is truly proof that Your Legacy is not a destination. It is a journey. Her life’s work is a catalyst for Social Change and Justice that will be encouraging to the next generation of lawyers, community servants and activists. I am so proud of her contributions to this community, state and country. I am honored to be one of many that stood on her shoulders. She truly epitomizes what you leave behind is not what is engraved in some stone monument but what is woven into the lives of others.

    I believe we should give people their flowers while they are living…Thank You…

    Tasha Clark-Amar
    Daughter

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    Don’t make another mistake, Snoop Dogg, read the ballot

    Intense get-out-the-vote momentum is growing for November third, the day we Americans will cast our votes and “claim” who we want to serve as our 46th president. For first time voters like rapper Snoop Dogg who mistakenly believed he was not eligible to vote, the day has more significance than many media are reporting since many states have multiple races on their ballots. In Louisiana, each vote will critically impact city councils, judgeships, and the state constitution. First time voters will make a difference. But, do they understand that? And will they read the ballot?

    Organizations like the Baker-Zachary Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, and PAR Louisiana have released voter info and are hosting forums to help voters understand amendments.

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    Dr. Michelle Dennis becomes BRCC dean of nursing, allied health

    Baton Rouge Community College has named Michelle D. Dennis, Ph.D. the new dean of nursing and allied health.

    In this role, Dennis will oversee degrees and certificates in the nursing, practical nursing, medical assistant, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical technician, pharmacy technician, surgical technology, and veterinary technology.

    “We are excited to welcome Dr. Dennis to the BRCC team,” said BRCC Chancellor Willie E. Smith PhD. “Dr. Dennis has extensive experience in the nursing field and she will be a great asset to our Nursing and Allied Health Division. I am confident that her passion for our faculty, staff and students will serve BRCC well.”

    Dennis earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alabama, a master of public administration- healthcare concentration, and doctorate of philosophy in healthcare public policy  from Southern University and A&M College Baton Rouge.

    Dennis is the director of nursing within the Medical-Surgical Division with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. In this role, she serves in various capacities not limited to managing the daily operations of the nursing units, operating within the outlined staffing matrix as well as meeting daily, monthly, quarterly, and yearly budget goals, the development and retention of personnel including both the nursing and ancillary staff. She collaborates with the Clinical Education Team to outline the placement of Nursing Students for clinical rotations while serving as the Chair of the Organization of Nurse Leaders Committee, Chair of the Charge Nurse/Nurse Supervisor Committee, as well as Chair of the OLOL Liturgical Committee. She was also selected to the Louisiana Nurse Leadership Class of 2020.

    Throughout her 20-year career in nursing, the first 12 years were spent working at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Al. During this time, she worked in numerous areas, which included critical care primarily surgical intensive care, surgical nursing as both a circulating nurse and scrub nurse, perioperative and post-operative nursing, medical-surgical nursing, case management nursing, and also as a kidney and liver transplant nurse coordinator. Working in these various areas allowed for a vast opportunity of growth and knowledge into the diversity and depth that lies within the world of nursing. In these roles, she has been able to consistently work in a manner allowing her to become exceptional not only in her skills but has also constantly presented the opportunity for her to provide instruction to others as a preceptor and clinical education instructor.  Dennis maintains a passion for Nursing centered around giving patients, family, and staff the best care experience, and this is achieved through embodying staff with all of the necessary tools to be the absolute best Nurse possible. Furthermore, this enables them to provide their patients with highest and most effective level of care.

    Dennis is an active volunteer with Move Baton Rouge, which is a physical fitness program dedicated to improving the health of citizens of Baton Rouge. She also serves as volunteer and tutoring instructor for the Louisiana Leadership Institute. She is an active member of the Southern University Alumni Home Chapter and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys Zumba, cycling, running and spending time with her three nephews Isaiah, Renard (RJ), and Ryan.

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    Mabry elected NAHRO Southwest Regional Council President

    Tonya Mabry of Amite, La., has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Southwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

    Mabry is the executive director of the Tangipahoa Parish Government Housing Choice Voucher Program in Amite, Louisiana. Her job duties are overseeing the daily operations of the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and Rapid Re-Housing Programs. During natural disasters, she oversees all shelters in the parish.

    She is very active at the State Level of NAHRO. As a member of the Louisiana Housing Council, she serves on various committees and served as President from 2015-2017. She is very active at the Regional and National Levels of NAHRO where she serves on various committees and recently served as the Senior Vice President of the Southwest Region of NAHRO which includes the following states: Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, and Kansas.

    Mabry is a member of the North Tangipahoa Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves as treasurer. She spends a lot of time volunteering with her Sorority to meet the needs of the community. Also, she is a past board member of the Tangipahoa Parish Council on Aging, a member of the PTA at Roseland Montessori, past PTA President of Amite High School, and is currently the Justice of the Peace, Third Ward, Tangipahoa Parish. She is a member of the Beacon Light Baptist Church of Hammond, Bishop Dennis R. Hebert Jr., pastor.

    “NAHRO’s eight regions are its strength, and we’re thrilled to have Tonya leading the Southwest Region,” said Sunny Shaw, incoming NAHRO President. “Her leadership and dedication are a credit to the region, and we look forward to working with her to meet the region’s local needs and to achieve our shared national priorities.”

    The Southwest Regional Council is one of NAHRO’s eight regional councils. These organizations provide access to a local network of industry professionals, opportunities for leadership development, training, conferences, and focus for the special and local interests of the members. Each of the regional councils has its own dues structure and bylaws.

    NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of nearly 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhances the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low-moderate income. NAHRO’s membership administers more than 3 million housing units for 7.6 million people.

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    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hosting World AIDS Day Walk/Run/Ride, other activities Dec. 1

    The Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., along with theAIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Southern University Horace W. Moody Intramural Sports Complex is hosting a World AIDS Day one-mile walk, run and ride and other activities on Sunday, Dec. 1.

    The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Moody Intramural Sports Complex. Attendees must bring their own bicycles. The event will also feature a hip-hop, Zumba and kickboxing class, free AIDS/HIV testing, guest speakers and a community resource fair. There will also be food, entertainment and door prizes.

    “We’re excited to host this event along with our community partners to help in the fight against AIDS,” said President Chi Joseph Franklin.  “We want to end this disease in our community.”

    The event is FREE and open to the public. You can register on site.

    For more information,  email tobrsigma@gmail.com.

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities around the world.  Founded in 1913, the sisterhood includes more than 200,000 predominantly Black college-educated women. The Baton Rouge  Sigma Alumnae Chapter has more than 300 members in the Baton Rouge area.  For more information, email us at brsigma@gmail.com or go towww.brsigma.org.

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    Deltas, NAACP, Urban League host Sept 24 Candidates’ Forum

     On Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at Baton Rouge Community College’s Magnolia Theatre, 201  Community College Drive, the Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,  Inc., the Baton Rouge NAACP, and the Urban League, are hosting an East Baton Rouge Candidates’ Forum.

    All candidates are invited to attend. The candidates will have a few minutes to give remarks and there will be questions afterward. After the forum, candidates will have a chance to meet with the attendees. The public is invited to attend.

    “This is a very important election, so our Sorority and partners are committed to help inform and educate our residents on who the candidates are and where they stand on issues of concern to our community,” said Chi Joseph Franklin, president of Baton Rouge Sigma.  “We’re looking forward to a great discussion.”

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