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Black Excellence Honored Within the Pages of New Coffee-Table Styled Book Louisiana Leading Ladies

Updated: Aug 12, 2022

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Baton Rouge, La.—The Baton Rouge Weekly Press Publisher Ivory D. Payne is excited to announce the release of a new coffee-table-styled publication dedicated to celebrating African American Excellence in Louisiana past and present. This release is the inaugural edition of the recent publishing project of Leaders Publications, entitled Louisiana Leading Ladies.

Louisiana Leading Ladies will recognize and highlight the achievements and accomplishments of African American Women in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and other cities throughout Louisiana. The book will feature a foreword from Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, an introduction from Senator Regina Ashford Barrow, and a tribute to slain Activist and African American Museum owner Sadie Roberts Joseph. In addition, Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Ret. will be awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to serving justice in the courtroom.

The Official Networking and Book Unveiling Event of the Year will be held on August 26, 2022, from 6 pm – 8:30 pm, and hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, featuring live entertainment and hors D’ oeuvres. In addition, corporate sponsors and community leaders will be present for remarks and special award presentations to celebrate the 2022 Honorees.

To purchase networking events, book releases, and unveiling tickets, visit or call 225.775.2002. The price of the ticket includes a copy of the book. For more information, contact Ivory Payne at 225-775-2002 or Sharon S. Gordon at 614-989-9326 or email Hurry, space is limited.


Leaders Publications are coffee table style and quality publications that celebrate the many successful individuals in various communities in the fields of Business, the Arts and Sciences, Law, Ministry, Education, Engineering, Technology, Media, Government, and many other categories. The Leaders Publications selects individuals for inclusion through submissions and nominations based on their commitment to their profession, community, and serving areas.


The Baton Rouge Weekly Press is considered the number one minority newspaper in The Greater Baton Rouge area and has served the public for over 40 years. e Weekly Press is distributed annually with a total circulation of 60,000 and has over 380 distribution points, growing every week. These distribution topics include State and Local Government buildings, Banks, Churches, Louisiana State University, Southern University, schools, and libraries in the East Baton Rouge Parish.

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