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Panelist Bio


Sharon Weston Broome
(D), Baton Rouge. Senate President Pro Tempore Rep.

State Senator Sharon Weston Broome was the first African American female elected to the Louisiana State Senate from East Baton Rouge Parish representing Senate District 15. First elected to the Senate in December 2004 with no opposition, she was re-elected in 2007 with an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote and currently holds the position of President Pro Tempore of the Louisiana State Senate.

Senator Broome served in the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 29) for 12 years and was the first female elected as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives. Senator Broome was also the first African American female elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from both East and West Baton Rouge Parishes.

During her tenure in the Legislature, Senator Broome has authored significant Legislation such as: The Children’s Trust Fund Bill, Saturday Academy Program, Kinship Care Subsidy Program, Social Work Practice Act, and Arts in Education.

Prior to serving in state government, Senator Broome served on the Baton Rouge Metro Council. She was cited by the Baton Rouge Business Report as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Women - Leading The Way In The Capital City."

Senator Broome is a ministry advisor and member of Life Changers Christian Center Church in Baton Rouge. She is actively involved in a number of community organizations such as the North Baton Rouge Women’s Help Center, Louisiana State University Manship School Board of Visitors, and the YWCA-Encore Plus just to name a few.

Broome received her B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and her M.A. degree from Regent University in Virginia. A nationally recognized speaker and communications consultant, she is the president of Sharon Broome Communications, Inc. Weston Broome has made various national television appearances including "The 700 Club," Court's TV's "Your Turn," "CTN Live", PBS' "Debates Debates" and the "Montel Williams Show." In addition, she served for five years as the "2 On Your Side" reporter for WBRZ-TV (ABC-Baton Rouge).

Senator Broome is happily married to Marvin Alonzo Broome, and they are the proud parents of three children and two grandchildren.

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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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