Local leaders honored for tackling race issues
BATON ROUGE - Two elected officials were honored Tuesday night for their work to bridge the racial divide in the city.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and State Representative Pat Smith were honored at the Brotherhood Sisterhood Dinner. They were acknowledged for their work toward eliminating bias, bigotry and racism across ethnic, gender and religious lines. Organizers of the event said while prejudice is not eradicated, people like Gautreaux and Smith are fighting to eliminate it.
"We are all aware that the Baton Rouge community has not experienced some of the high-profile situations which other parts of the country have experienced. This is, in part, due to the progress made and the relationships fostered by current and past Brotherhood Sisterhood honorees," organizers wrote in a news release about the event.
The dinner was sponsored by 100 Black Men and Forum 35.
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