Voting Rights and Redistricting in the 21st Century


Rev. Jay Augustine

Pastor - Historic St. James AME Church

Author - The Keys Are Being Passed

Glenn A. Koepp

Secretary of the Louisiana Senate

Yolanda Dixon

1st Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Senate

Brandon Faske

Co-Founder - Fair Districts Louisiana

March 14, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

About the Movement

AWAKENING is a series of summits aimed to engage Louisiana citizens in important conversations around the most pressing policy issues. Summit outputs support a policy think tank for elected officials interested in progressive policies impacting communities of color.

Working group organizations include the Louisiana Institute of Public Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization; the Louisiana State NAACP, an organization that fights to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminate race-based discrimination; and Prophetic Voices, a coalition of concerned clergy who seek to galvanize the faith community to address and help generate solutions for the religious and socio-political concerns of communities whose voices are ordinarily ignored and/or silenced.



Rev. Jay Augustine (Pastor - Historic St. James AME Church; Author - The Keys Are Being Passed)

Jay is the 46th senior pastor of Historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown New Orleans and the author of "The Keys Are Being Passed", as well as "Sometimes Seeing is Believing: Reflections on Faith & the Black Family Because of the Obamas". 

Glenn A. Koepp (Secretary of the Louisiana Senate)

Since 1981, Glenn has supervised all Louisiana Senate staff functions related to the redistricting process, from participation in the design and implementation of a computer redistricting system, to making submission to the U.S. Department of Justice for preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. ​


Yolanda Dixon (1st Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Senate)

Yolanda Dixon is the First Assistant Secretary of the Senate for the Louisiana State Senate. She has served as Senior Counsel, Director and Deputy Director of the Judiciary and Government Division for the Louisiana State Senate and has worked for the Senate for 30 years, serving as senior attorney to the committees on Senate and Governmental Affairs, Local and Municipal Affairs, and Judiciary “A”. Prior to joining the Senate staff, she was an attorney for the State of Louisiana, Attorney General's office.

Brandon Faske (Co-Founder - Fair Districts Louisiana)

Brandon is a co-founder of Fair Districts Louisiana, Louisiana's grassroots redistricting reform group. Brandon is a third-year law student at Tulane University Law School interested in public policy and government. 

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