Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Apologizes

By Tracy Clemons

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- The Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce addressed a controversial speech at a press conference this morning.  The speech happened at a Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce luncheon last Thursday.

Several people who spoke today say they felt like they were at a TEA Party rally, and not an event celebrating the region's small businesses.

The speaker, Frank Luntz, a well-known political commentator took a poll of the audience's political views, displayed a cartoon that some say was derogatory towards President Obama, and made disparaging comments about Mayor Cedric Glover.

The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce says it regrets that anyone was offended at the luncheon, and offered a refund for the $35 ticket to anyone who was affected.

Much more tonight on KSLA News 12.

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