Founding Members

The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) was established in 1977. The ten founders of LLBC were Rev. Avery C. Alexander, Diana E. Bajoie, Sidney Barthelemy, Louis Charbonnet, III, Nick Connor, Joseph A. Delpit, Alphonse Jackson, Johnny Jackson, Jr., Thomas Jasper, and Richard Turnley, Jr.

The ten founders of LLBC were Rev. Avery C. Alexander, Diana E. Bajoie, Sidney Barthelemy, Louis Charbonnet, III, Nick Connor, Joseph A. Delpit, Alphonse Jackson, Johnny Jackson, Jr., Thomas Jasper, and Richard Turnley, Jr.

 

The number of African-American legislators has increased tremendously since the inception of the LLBC. This growth is attributed to the LLBC's legislative skill and wisdom.

 

For example, the Black Caucus successfully passed reapportionment legislation in 1983 and 1990, which established more African-American legislative districts, thus allowing for the election of more African-American representatives and senators.

Currently the Louisiana Legislature has thirty-three (33) African-American members consisting of nine (9) senators and twenty-four (24) representatives.