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Foundation Member Spotlight-Shenequa Grey


Foundation Member Grey serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Clyde C. Tidwell Endowed Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and the District of Columbia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and her Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from Southern University Law Center. She received her LL.M. from Temple University- James E. Beasley School of Law with a concentration in trial advocacy. Foundation Member Grey is a graduate of the Atlanta Broadcast Institute in Atlanta, Georgia where she studied Radio and Television Broadcasting.

Foundation Member Grey worked as a Staff Attorney for the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, the research affiliate of the National District Attorney’s Association in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s office in Shreveport, Louisiana. Foundation Member Grey serves as faculty advisor to the Black Law Students Association and Women in law, coaches law students to compete in regional and national mock trial competitions. Foundation Member Grey was elected 2006 Professor of the Year, and serves on various Law Center committees. Foundation Member Grey’s casebook, The Anatomy of Louisiana Evidence Law, was recently published in October 2015 by Carolina Academic Press.

Foundation Member Grey was recently awarded the 2020 Soror of the Year Award from               Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated South Central Region.  


Foundation Member Spotlight-Patricia Haynes Smith

Foundation Member Patricia Haynes Smith served three terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing the residents of District 67, East Baton Rouge Parish, State of Louisiana. A tireless advocate for the under-represented citizens in the state, public servant, advocate, servant leader; she espouses equality, social justice and human rights for all.

Throughout Foundation Member Smith ‘s Legislative career, she served on the following House of Representatives Committees; Appropriations, Education, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, Municipal, Parochial, Cultural Affairs, and served as Vice Chair of the House Executive Committee.

She was appointed as co-chair for the NBCSL (National Black Caucus of State Legislators) Education Policy Committee; elected Whip, House Democratic Caucus, Treasurer, Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, at-large member, Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus and recording secretary  N.O.B.E.L.-Women. She is a respected City, Parish, State leader.

Foundation Member Smith has received numerous commendations and honors, nationally and locally, the first Fannie Lou Hamer Political Award from Grambling University, the NAACP Distinguished Political and Government Award, the 2015 Brotherhood Sisterhood Award from 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, and the Champion for Healthcare Award, Louisiana Hospital Association.

Foundation Member Smith was recently awarded the 2019-2020  Public Service            Guiding Star Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated                                        South Central Region.


Foundation Member Spotlight Eileen Kennedy


Eileen Kennedy is a Charter Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Nu Gamma Omega Chapter.

She led Nu Gamma Omega Chapter through a successful Chapter evaluation, restored and stabilized Chapter administration, operations, programs, following Hurricane Gustav’s disastrous destruction of its sorority building in September 2008, served as lead chapter host to the 76th South Central Regional Conference, served as chair of the Music Committee and director of the South Central Regional Choir.


Foundation Member Kennedy is a consummate educator. She served 37 years as Program Director , Southern University Baton Rouge, LA until her retirement and  worked tirelessly with the Army ROTC Enhanced Skills Program, Junior Division/Army ROTC Department; and Title III-Educational Infrastructure Enhancement Program lead, Southern University School of Graduate Studies Baton Rouge, LA.


She is the recipient of the AARP Louisiana Andrus Award for Community Service, a member of the AARP State Capitol Advocacy Team and served as President of the AARP Midtown LA Chapter #5433. She served as President of the Wesley Foundation, served on the Southern University Board of Directors for the United Methodist Church and served as President of the Baton Rouge DeBose Foundation, Inc. Eileen lead member chartering and served as Choir Director, President of the Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity. She has also served as organist/pianist at First Presbyterian Church of Scotlandville. Member Kennedy is a  community advocate for women with the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge and Community Volunteer for the underserved, Together BR Organization.


Foundation Member Kennedy was recently awarded the 2019-2020  Good Citizen Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated South Central Region.  

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