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Sibal Holt
Former Head of the Louisiana AFL-CIO

Sibal Holt retired from the AFL-CIO in March 2005, after serving the state's largest union for 31 years. In 2004, she became the first African-American woman in the country to run a state-level AFL-CIO. Prior to her election as the union's president, Holt served as its secretary-treasurer.

Holt, a native of New Orleans, graduated from LSU with a degree in English. She completed a two-year course in leadership at Auburn University.

She was a protege of former union president Victor Bussie, serving as his personal assistant from 1975 until he retired in 1997. She served as the union's secretary-treasurer until 2004, succeeding former president Red Bourg shortly after his death Oct. 30 of that year.

Current Topic

11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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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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?

08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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