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William D. Lewis
Author, Teacher, and former homeless person

William D. Lewis was a chronic homeless person in the late 1980s. Living on the streets and in shelters he worked odd-jobs. Eventually, at age 34, he managed to save enough money to enroll in Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. Using the meager savings to enroll would be the best decision to turning his life around. Later he studied writing styles and techniques at the University of Colorado [1992]. His post-graduate studies at Southern University included Public Policy and Education [1996]. He is the father of four children and makes his home in Shreveport, LA. where he teaches and writes professionally. According to the author, he, " ...writes to inspire and empower the poor...the homeless."

His books include: It's Called Making It Happen [1995]; Serious Players Only [1998]; The Call To a Purposeful Life [2002]; Imagine: Losing Everything Except Your Mind (Homelessness in America) [2002]

Mr. Williams has participated in Homeless Conferences in Arkansas and Louisiana and appeared as a guest on radio talk programs. His affiliations include the National Coalition for the Homeless, Washington, DC; the American Federation of Teachers, Shreveport; ACORN, Baton Rouge and the American Writers’ Association, Denver, CO.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Patricia Smith / Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University

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