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Panelist Bio

John G. Daniel
Boys Hope Girls Hope

John G. Daniel is the Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope, Baton Rouge. He is also the President and Founder of Unity Day Youth and Family Zone, John G. Daniel Productions and the Daniel Karate Group. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt and serves as the Karate Commissioner for the Louisiana Governor’s Games.

John’s former career includes service as the: Director of Economic Development, PECO Energy Company; Vice President, Father Flanagan’s Boys Town National Operations; and CEO & Deputy Executive Director, Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Recovery.

Mr. Daniel’s strengths lie in his ability to articulate relevant messages that engage people in collaborative efforts. He has the ability to bring out the best of human hopes and aspirations in those from diverse cultures and agencies.

Indeed, Mr. Daniel is the producer of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana landmark event, "Opening a Black History Time Capsule", with Tony Brown, who was the producer and host of the the Emmy Award winning PBS television series, “Tony Brown’s Journal”.

Mr. Daniel’s additional notable community service achievements include being:

• “Champion for Children”, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana’s highest award.

• “Outstanding Community Partner”, East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and Volunteers in Public Schools.

• Chair, Community and Family Committee, House Bill 876, the Louisiana Council on the Social Status of Black Boys and Men.

• The Baton Rouge MLK Leadership "Mentorship Award"

• Chief spokesperson and national workshop leader on crime prevention at the United States Congressional Conference on “The State of African American Males”.

• Co-founder and Co-Chair, Arnold Schwarzenegger Inner-City Games, Philadelphia

• Winner of the Edison Electric Institute Marketing and Sales Award for sale of the first urban commercial geothermal application at the home of the original “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand”, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John holds a double Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, Government and Psychology, 1979. Indeed, in 2009, the Cornell University Class of 1979 Alumni Association named Mr. Daniel, a “Distinguished Classmate”. Mr. Daniel is married to Nita Dupas Daniel and they have seven children and two grand children

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)
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