Having been hailed as a rough year for much of Louisiana’s population, a group of young writers were not exempt from the misfortune 2016 had to offer. Combining their thoughts into a series of essays, “Voices from the Bayou” is a 128-page student-led initiative published by the Bayou Soul Literary Youth Conference, and benefiting the Baton Rouge Community College Foundation.
The stories address race, police brutality and the historic flooding that affected much of the state. Told in three parts: Racism, The Police, The Flood – its vision seeks to propel others to come forth in efforts to spark and continue national conversations.
New York Times bestselling author, Omar Tyree called “Voices from the Bayou” an awesome and engaging read.
"Creative writing that is designed around meaningful subjects can be amazingly therapeutic for the author as well as for the reader, therefore, I enjoyed each and every submission of “Voices from the Bayou” as an open window into the minds, hearts and souls of not just the students at Baton Rouge Community College, but for all of us,” Tyree said.
Funds from the sale of the e-book will support professional development, The Bayou Soul Youth Literary Conference and stipends for student writers.
The Baton Rouge Community College Foundation, Inc. (BRCC Foundation) is a non-profit corporation organized April 16, 1998, existing and operating for the purpose of securing recurring philanthropic support to advance, promote, and otherwise benefit the mission of Baton Rouge Community College, its faculty, and its students. The vision is to exemplify the highest standards of integrity, accountability, and transparency. The Foundation solicits private, voluntary contributions to advance and support the programs and facilities of BRCC; manages investments; and serves as steward for funds and other contributed assets.