In a response to the racially charged tragedies that rocked Baton Rouge this past summer, LSU is hosting a two-day symposium to discuss the impact that the shootings had on race relations, the media and the democratic process.
The event titled "Moment or Movement: A National Dialogue on Identity, Empowerment and Justice for All," begins Monday on LSU's campus.
The keynote speaker of the event will be civil rights pioneer Norman Francis, the former president of Xavier University and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Francis was the first African-American to enroll at both Loyola University in New Orleans and Loyola University Law School.
The symposium will also feature CNN reporter and Baton Rouge-native Don Lemon who will discuss the event through the lens of the media. Lemon's event will also feature LSU President F. King Alexander, a representative for Gov. John Bel Edwards, and community leaders like the Rev. Raymond Jetson.
Other programs within the forum will explore issues like gender, business and law enforcement.
U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, will speak about government leadership and the role of voting.
Representatives from historically black universities will also be invited to speak at the event.
This summer Baton Rouge found itself at the center of two national news stories that have stoked racial tensions throughout the nation. First, a 37-year-old black man named Alton Sterling was shot by police officers. Officers say Sterling had a gun on him, but videos of the shooting taken by witnesses drew criticism about whether the shooting could have been avoided. The event prompted weeks of protests, where law enforcement officers were again criticized for a militarized response. About 200 people were arrested in the protests.
Then, a man from Missouri, angry about the shootings, came to Louisiana and shot six law enforcement officers, killing three of them.
Mayor-president candidates laid out their ideas Wednesday for keeping young college graduate…