EVA Issues in the News
In a staff editorial, The Advocate (Baton Rouge) profiles America Lenox, a parent navigator for Equal Voice Action organizational member and Village Project partner Ubuntu Village. America shared her story at the inaugural Louisiana Empowerment & Policy Conference in New Orleans, where she joined fellow community leaders in exploring systems change to positively impact Black communities in Louisiana. Read on to learn more about America, and click through to The Advocate to read the full post.
America D. Lenox has had a tough time. She had a daughter while a junior at Southern University New Orleans. She was denied child care three times while working to read and study enough to do well and graduate, so she had to improvise to make it all work.
She did graduate. Then she went two years before getting full-time employment. Her story, shared at a recent conference in New Orleans hosted by the Urban League of Louisiana and the state’s Legislative Black Caucus, is now inspiring others.
The conference drew some big-name speakers, including CNN commentators Bakari Sellers and Angela Rye, former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, who now heads the National Urban League, and Gov. John Bel Edwards. While those celebrities certainly helped fill the seats at the conference, which drew some 400 attendees from around the state, a lot of the real work was done by lesser-known but important panelists who aired practical solutions to problems like health care access and economic and racial inequality.
Issues in the News highlights news items focusing on key issues for poor and low-income families, from fair work and access to health care to family economic security, criminal justice reform, voting rights, and more.
This post is brought to you by The Village Project, a partnership between Equal Voice Action and Ubuntu Village. Equal Voice Action partners with Ubuntu Village through The Village Project to help parents and families support their young family members involved in the court system, access resources and opportunities, and advance family-led systems reform. Read more about the Ubuntu Village + EVA partnership here.