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Panelist Bio


Rep. Katrina Jackson
(D) – Monroe

State Representative Katrina R. Jackson, born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Welton and Patricia Holman and Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Linda Jackson. She has been blessed to work in various areas which offer service to the community and Kingdom of God.

Attorney Jackson is the State Representative for Louisiana House District 16. She currently serves on the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development; Commerce; and Health and Welfare for the House of Representative. She is also a member of the House Executive. She is a member of the Democratic Caucus; Secretary of the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus and serves as First Vice Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus

She received a Bachelor's degree in Pre-Law and Legal Studies from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and a Juris Doctor Degree in 2004, from Southern University Law Center. Ms. Jackson ended her law school career by graduating in the top fourteen percent of her class (18 out of 128). In April 2005, Ms. Jackson was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Ms. Jackson began honing her skills and talents as a practicing attorney with the Law Offices of Willie Hunter, Jr. practicing in both the Monroe and Baton Rouge areas. In 2012, Ms. Jackson opened her private law firm, Katrina R. Jackson LLC, 1051 Kansas Lane, Monroe, Louisiana.

Attorney Jackson has served as Attorney for Labor & Industrial Relations Committee of the Louisiana House of Representatives and as Executive Director of Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Representative Jackson attributes her accomplishments to not just having a dream, but having a dream that lines up with God's plan for her life. She believes her footsteps are ordered by God and everyday works to allow God to guide her in the process of realizing her dream. Her family worships at Riverside Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe, LA.

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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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