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Joyce Turner Keller
Aspirations Outreach

Dr. Joyce Turner Keller is the Founder of Aspirations, a non-profit organization serving the needs of a hurting people, regardless of race, creed, gender preference, age, or social class, infected with or affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. Dr. Keller has been living with HIV as a result of sexual assault, since November of 2001.

Dr. Keller was a student at Southern University and Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, LA and William Carey College in Gulfport, MS. She received a Doctor of Theology from Bell Grove Theological Seminary College.

Dr. Keller has received recognition from Governors Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal, Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden, Representatives and Senators from Louisiana and members of Congress for her efforts for those living with HIV and AIDS. She most recently received a Proclamation from President Obama for her fight in addressing hepatitis.

Dr. Keller has been featured in national magazines, television specials and radio interviews, and was most recently featured in the Huffington Post Media Website.
She is the mother of three and also the founder of “Positive Diva” and “Positive Dude, Inc.” and Travelers of Christ Evangelistic Ministry.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recording Monday, February 20)


Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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