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Russel Honoré
Lieutenant General (U.S. Army, ret.), Louisiana

Lieutenant General Honoré (U.S. Army, ret.) is a native of Lakeland, Louisiana. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture upon graduation from Southern University and A&M College in 1971.

He holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Troy State University as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College, an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Stillman College, an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Virginia State University, an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Stillman College, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Loyola University.

General Honoré retired on February 29, 2008, following 37 years of active service with the United States Army. His commands included multiple deployments to overseas disaster areas. In 2005, as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, he was in charge of all military rescue and recovery efforts in Mississippi and Louisiana.

He continues to speak and consult nationally on Building a Culture of Preparedness.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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