Your Voice

  Pastor, “freedom baby” reflect on King’s influence

“Growing up, it never really occurred to me whether MLK Day was a holiday ...”

  Day of service, justice still important during the pandemic, civil rights organization says

  Shreveport artists from entertainment industry share their experiences through the pandemic

  Churches adjust how they’ll ring in new year during a pandemic

  People turn to religious leaders for vaccine advice

  New study highlights neighborhood disparities in Louisiana, Caddo Parish

  Shreveporter begins run for Miss Black America

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  George Floyd Act seeks to make major reforms to policing in Texas

  YOUR VOICE: Northwest Louisiana voting advocates view election turnout as a success

  Family remembers voter registration pioneer in DeSoto Parish

  FACT CHECK: President Trump claims you can change your vote, but does that hold up in the ArkLaTex?

  Shreveport’s Commission on Race and Diversity to hold virtual event on Oct. 22

WEBXTRA: Group works on project to retell story of 1919 race riot in Longview

  Mother of slain teen demands justice

“This hurt that I’m feeling for the loss of my son, it won’t even allow me to be angry. It hurts so bad.”

Sources: Officers in McGlothen case indicted

An announcement is expected on Friday saying that the four Shreveport police officers involved in the arrest of Tommie McGlothen, Jr. will face charges.

Texas man writes 1,400 names of Black people killed by police on car

The young man and his father worked as medics during protests in late May to help injured protesters, many of whom had been hurt from “less lethal” rounds fired by police.

  Caddo’s Confederate statue to be moved to DeSoto Parish

The controversial statue will be moving near a Civil War battlefield site, according to the Shreveport Chapter of The United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Stop the Violence March held in honor of Minnion Jackson

Food Lion changes policy after NC employee resigns over patriotic face mask

Confederate statue to remain at Harrison County Historic Courthouse

  “Back the Blue” demonstrators want more understanding for law enforcement officers

Teens forced to ground, handcuffed by LAPD after stolen car mix up

NAACP establishes Bossier City chapter

  Workers building box around Caddo Confederate monument

On Thursday morning, crews are building a protective wooden box around the Caddo Confederate Monument.

  New website lists black-owned food businesses in Caddo, Bossier Parishes

Have you visited ShreveportBlackRestaurants.com yet?

Harrison County statue removal to be discussed at commissioner’s court

Removal of the statue will be the topic of Wednesday’s Harrison County Commissioner’s Court meeting.

  Business leaders donate $100,000 toward SPD body cameras

During the announcement, Shreveport's mayor spoke about how peaceful protests can create positive change in communities

  Mississippi state flag officially retired after 126 years

The Mississippi state flag was taken down from the State Capitol for the final time Wednesday afternoon.

  Emotions run high on fate of Confederate monument in Shreveport

The future of the Confederate monument in downtown Shreveport hangs in the balance.

  Recent protests renew scrutiny of Confederate monuments

Some of the 1,503 Confederate monuments and memorials remaining in the U.S. can become flash points for disputes

  Caddo DA releases further information on officers’ indictments

The Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office has named all officers indicted on malfeasance in office charge on Tuesday, June 30.

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

Artists used their performances at the BET Awards to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers, including George Floyd.

Hennessy’s ‘Unfinished Business’ program offers grants to minority small-business owners

Grant opportunities for minority business owners are available through Hennessy’s new program — Unfinished Business.

  East Texas may see next Confederate monument battle

There's an online petition to have it moved and one to let it stay

  45 Days of Action-Shreveport is registering people to vote

The activist group says it wants to get at least 500 people on the voter rolls by July 15

  KSLA INVESTIGATES: Pushing for police transparency

A police oversight expert explains what SPD should do to gain the public's trust

Confederate monument statue outside Harrison County Courthouse subject of two petitions

Two petitions, one for removing and the other for keeping a Confederate monument statue in East Texas are online for citizens to sign.

Four EBR School Board members call on Connie Bernard to resign, will start recall petition

Tramelle Howard, vice president of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, and three other board members are calling for the resignation of fellow board member Connie Bernard.

La. activist Gary Chambers blasts Connie Bernard in viral speech, leads call to remove Confederate symbols in state

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Connie Bernard is now facing nationwide scrutiny following an impassioned speech from activist Gary Chambers at a recent school board meeting.

  1,000 Black Sons of Shreveport inspire young black men

Hundreds filled the stadium for the inspiring event.

  1,000 Black Sons of Shreveport event Saturday, June 20

The 1,000 Black Sons of Shreveport event will take place on Saturday, June 20, at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds.

  Juneteenth Independence Day March celebrates African-American freedom

People across Shreveport participated in a peaceful march to honor Juneteenth.

  Governor John Bel Edwards declares Juneteenth Observance Day

Gov. Edwards declares June 19, 2020 Juneteenth Observance Day

  Juneteenth march and Blackout Festival Friday night in Shreveport

The march will take place outside of the Municipal Auditorium on 705 Grand Avenue in Shreveport starting at 6 p.m.

  Caddo commissioners unanimously agree to formally recognize Juneteenth annually

The legislation is among 8 resolutions that parish officials voted on Thursday

  KSLA Salutes: Air Force veteran recalls protesting at Grambling State in 1967

“It’s amazing how you see some of the similarities historically"

  KSLA News 12 profile: Homer’s first African-American female firefighter

“I can motivate someone else to do something; not only that, but females as well”

  Caddo Parish Commissioners holding news conference addressing new legislation

Members will discuss new resolutions that plan to tackle social justice and racial discrimination.

Discussing race relations with kids, experts share tips

Experts say these types of difficult conversations often depend on your child's age.

  Activists push for black history to be taught in all American history classes in Caddo public schools

"We want black history to not only be black history, but American history”

  Training in de-escalation techniques seen as a critical tool in helping prevent officer-involved shootings

Trainers debate whether letting a suspect leave the scene is a viable option

LSU says incoming student who posted video using racial slur will not be enrolled come fall

A prospective freshman at LSU who recently posted an offensive video on Twitter of himself using a racial slur will not be enrolled come fall, LSU tweeted out Monday, June 15.

VIDEO: Men pull McDonogh statue out of river, 2 arrested in case

The New Orleans Police have arrested a man and a woman, and are currently seeking a person of interest in connection with a statue that was pulled down from Duncan Plaza and tossed into the Mississippi River.

Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins joins CNN as social justice contributor

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins is joining CNN as a contributor focusing on racial and social justice.

  The Good Stuff: Your Voice - Behind the badge

A conversation is define as a 'talk between two people'. And as Doug Warner discovers in this week's The Good Stuff, a Shreveport police officer shows us how a hug can be an incredible conversation starter.

  Cassidy: Defunding police is one of the “stupidest” ideas

And when it comes to Confederate symbols, the Louisiana Republican cautions against falling victim to cancel culture

  “All Citizens” resolution aims to improve police relations

Efforts to improve relations between police and the public will come in many forms. One includes a resolution just approved by the Shreveport City Council this week, with everything from a car sticker for police units to proposed changes to officer rules, regulations and training.

  Ben Raymond goes from probational to permanent police chief

The process of changing his status started in April and apparently was kept quiet

Sen. Bill Cassidy on defunding the police: ‘One of the stupidest proposals to come out of this’

Some are calling for the defunding of police departments, but Senator Bill Cassidy says he does not support that move.

  LSU Health Shreveport supports Black Lives Matter movement

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals met in front of the main hospital.

YWCA hosts virtual discussion panel on racism, policing

YWCA online panel discussing local and national police violence

  Some Shreveport City Council members express concern over investigation into Tommie McGlothen Jr.’s death

Councilwoman Tabatha Taylor and Councilman Jerry Bowman Jr. discussed the lack of details to what happened to Tommie McGlothen Jr.

Black student leaders at LSU announce Middleton Library will be renamed, pending board approval

Members of LSU’s administration and black student leaders met Wednesday night (June 10) to discuss race relations at the school’s campus moving forward.

La. lawmakers advance policing study, but remove language on race

A Louisiana House committee advanced a resolution that calls for a broad study of “law enforcement systems and policing,” but stripped language in the measure regarding race.

  McGlothen family, attorney demand transparency from SPD

The 44-year-old died while in police custody back on April 5.

LSU apologizes after uproar over racial slur allegedly used by incoming freshman

An incoming LSU freshman is being targeted on social media for allegedly posting a video using a racial slur.

  Attorney for McGlothen family issues statement; will address media June 10

"This family has known all along that they weren’t being given the full story by the Shreveport Police Dept. as it relates to the death of Tommie McGlothen, Jr."

Shreveport NAACP issues letter to city officials, police department

The Shreveport Chapter of the NAACP has issued a letter to both city leaders and the Shreveport Police Department.

  Caddo coroner: McGlothen’s death natural, possibly preventable

The Caddo Parish Coroner has released the cause of Tommie McGlothen, Jr.'s death as natural — but says that it possibly could have been prevented.

Superdome will light up to pay tribute to George Floyd

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will be lit up on Monday night to pay tribute to George Floyd.

  Tommie McGlothen’s son wants answers after his Dad died, allegedly while McGlothen was in police custody

Son of Tommie McGlothen, Jr. demands transparency.

4 SPD officers on leave; LSP reviewing McGlothen case

News of the action was disclosed after KSLA uncovered video of his last encounter with Shreveport police

  KSLA Investigates reveals video of Tommie McGlothen’s last encounter with police

The first frames of the grainy video show Shreveport police wrestling Tommie McGlothen to the ground under a carport on Eilleen Lane.

  Unity March furthers discussion about ending injustice

“I think it’s important for my daughter to see and understand that her life does matter,” one participant says

  We the People showcase proposed policy changes at Saturday’s protest

'We the People' plan to expand on these demands so they can push for the creation of these policies in October during the legislative period.

Southeastern dismisses student-athlete for social media post

Southeastern Louisiana University has dismissed a student-athlete for a social media post.

Accused arsonists sought to ‘make a statement’ by burning buildings in Baton Rouge, records say

The fire official who wrote the arrest report wrote that the trio’s actions were intended to be part of “on-going civil unrest across the nation against law enforcement.”

Minden protest march planned for Sunday, June 7

A protest march is planned for Sunday in the city of Minden.

  YOUR VOICE: Justice for Tommie-Shreveport Protest/March

The peaceful protest began at noon at Government Plaza. Several speakers took the podium before marching.

Marshall Police Chief issues statement regarding protests, demonstrations

Marshall Chief of Police Cliff Carruth issued a statement on Friday regarding the recent protests and demonstrations in the city.

  Former Calvary Baptist football standout pens essay on racism, police brutality

He is using his social media platform to reach out to those in power to help usher in change.