Southern hosting "Quality Education" symposium

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University along with the Southern University Law Center and others are hosting a symposium on "Quality Education as a Constitutional Right and the Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)" on March 26 and March 27.

The symposium will be held in A.A. Lenoir Hall and the Royal Cotillion ballroom in the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union on Southern's campus.

Although preceded by many decades of litigation, neither secondary nor postsecondary education in the U.S. has ever been elevated to the status of a constitutionally protected right, according to the symposium organizers. The symposium will offer panel discussions, workshops, plenary sessions, and case studies.

Legal practitioners, lawmakers, civil rights activists, HBCU students, policymakers, and administrators will explore how 'quality education' can be placed in the constitutionally protected arena.

Featured speakers will include: A. P. Tureaud Jr., an educational consultant, retired school administrator, son of the late New Orleans civil rights attorney A. P. Tureaud Sr., and first black undergraduate to enroll at LSU; Terron Ferguson, Fellow, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York University Law School; Dr. Lottie Beebe, member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE); Dr. Albert Samuels, SUBR Department of Political Science; Barbara Ferguson, director of research on reforms; attorney Tracie Washington, Louisiana Justice Institute; Steve Monaghan and attorney Robert Hammonds of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers; David J. Dennis Sr., Southern Initiative Algebra Project; Derrick Johnson, State President, NAACP, Jackson, Mississippi; attorneys Ernest Johnson, State President of the Louisiana State Conference of NAACP, Alvin Washington, and Arthur Thomas, all of Baton Rouge; and other local and national education, legislative, and academic leaders.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (225) 771-2552 or email

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