On February 26, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Association for Women Attorneys, Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, U.S. Attorney’s Office (EDLA), Federal Public Defender’s Office (EDLA), and U.S. Probation Office (EDLA), hosted a virtual African American History Month Celebration entitled, “The History & Traditions of Black Sororities and Fraternities.” The Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District, made welcoming remarks. The Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District, discussed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. King’s membership and service with Alpha Phi Alpha, and his enduring legacy. The Honorable Dana M. Douglas, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District, provided an overview of the history of African American sororities and fraternities. Camille Bryant, President of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, moderated the event. Chief Judge Brown, Judge Lemelle, Judge Douglas, Camille Bryant, and the following audience members shared fond memories of the positive effect that African American sororities and fraternities had on their lives as well as the community at-large: Kenya Walton, Special Offender Specialist (USPO-EDLA); Rocquel Milsap, Human Resources Administrator (USDC-EDLA); Duane Evans, Interim U.S. Attorney (EDLA); Theodore Carter, Assistant U.S. Attorney (EDLA); Brittany Reed, Assistant U.S. Attorney (EDLA); and Tamia Gordon, Chief Deputy Clerk (USDC-EDLA).
Wednesday, March 3, 2021