Baton Rouge Community College was once again home to the Bayou Soul Youth Literary Conference. Planned by BRCC Associate Professor Clarence Nero, the conference was held on July 2 on the Mid City Campus. Nearly 600 area youth attended the event that featured master class and empowerment breakout sessions. The daylong program also showcased a preview of the forthcoming stage play, “Voices from the Bayou,” starring actor Lamman Rukcer (Greenleaf, OWN) and LSU MFA students, an oratorical contest, and celebrity authors and guest speakers, including legendary actor Danny Glover, actor Lance Gross (Star, Fox) and reality television star Toya Wright (T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle, VH1), among others. WAFB Channel 9 News’ Donovan “Action” Jackson served as the Master of Ceremonies.
The purpose of the conference is to promote reading, literacy and education to south Louisiana high school students, as well as provide them with information for college admission. The program was made possible through the support of the Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, RECAST, BRCC Foundation, and BRCC’s Student Government Association. This year’s theme was Empowering Young Voices.