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Karen Carter Peterson  1st Woman to serve as Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party Karen Carter Peterson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A native of New Orleans, she is a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate, having represented the 5th District since 2010. She is also the current Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party and is the first woman to serve in this role. Peterson served as the representative of the 93rd district in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1999-2010.  While in the House, she served as Speaker Pro Tempore from 2008 to 2010.…

Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson  1st African-American to serve as Chief Justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court Bernette J. Johnson is a member of the Omicron Nu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She was born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana in Ascension Parish. After attending New Orleans public schools, she enrolled at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia on academic scholarship. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1964. Chief Justice Johnson was one of the first African-American women to attend the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where she received her Juris…

Dr. Isaac “Doc” Greggs (1929-2014) Dr. Isaac “Doc” Greggs is a member of the Omega Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Isaac “Doc” Greggs was the youngest of three children born in Shreveport, LA on January 2, 1929 to Sarah and Isaac Greggs. He graduated from Central Colored High School in Shreveport, LA. At 15, he enrolled in Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, LA where he received a B.S. degree in Music Education. He received a M.S. degree in Music Education from Vander Cook College in Chicago, Illinois. He was then drafted into the U.S.…

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