Martin Luther King III To Join Urban Specialists & Baton Rouge Leaders At Coursecon Oct 14

CourseCon Baton Rouge will be held on Sunday, October 14th at Raising Cane's River Center with historical Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute unveiling his hearse
By: Urban Specialists
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BATON ROUGE, La. - Oct. 3, 2018 - PRLog -- A historic ceremony for the City of Baton Rouge will take place On Sunday, October 14, 2018, as area leaders, a host of celebrities and the entire community come together for a special CourseCon Baton Rouge "Thank You Baton Rouge" event. This first of its kind event for the Louisiana city will take place at 6 p.m. at the Raising Cane's River Center. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend, including students from nearby universities, Southern and Louisiana State, who will be brought in on chartered buses sponsored by Urban Specialists and Raising Cane's. CourseCon Baton Rouge is free and open to the public; simply register at

CourseCon Baton Rouge will bring together to some of the most prominent community leaders, corporate executives, celebrities and cultural influencers to have a real conversation about Baton Rouge's urban community, urban renewal opportunities and eradicating violence and poverty in our neighborhoods. CourseCon Baton Rouge will also be an opportunity to thank the citizens of Baton Rouge and celebrate the strides that have been made, particularly since Urban Specialists opened an office there and partnered with city leaders and law enforcement officials.

CourseCon Baton Rouge will also be historic as the hearse that carried prominent civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr's body will be unveiled for the first time since his death more than 50 years ago. Todd Graves, owner, and founder of Raising Cane's bought the hearse from the original owner and through it's unveiling, wants to remind you people in the community of what Martin Luther King, Jr contributed to society. "It's important that the next generation really understands how the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the world," said Graves. "These kids did not get a chance to hear MLK in his life, so I am hoping they will be able to hear him through this tribute to honor his life." Dr. King's son and namesake, Martin Luther King III, will be in attendance to speak and help pay tribute to his father with the dedication of the hearse.

Featured panelists and speakers for CourseCon Baton Rouge include, Omar Jahwar, CEO and founder of Urban Specialists and an internationally renowned community leader and experienced advocate for ending senseless violence, strengthening communities and promoting strong families; Todd Graves, CEO and founder of Raising Cane's; Murphy J. Paul, Jr., chief of police, Baton Rouge; Sharon Weston Broome, mayor of Baton Rouge; LaMont Cole, Baton Rouge City Council Member - District 7; Clay Young, marketing executive, radio show host and community activist; Arthur "Silky Slim" Reed, former gang leader turned community advocate; Pastor Errol Dominique, senior pastor of Elm Grove Baptist Church; Dr. James Gilmore, city leader and former top aide to Baton Rouge Mayor, NFL Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders; Cortez Bryant, COO, Young Money Entertainment and Co-CEO, The Blue Print Group; Antong Lucky, director of national invasion with Urban Specialists and former leader of the infamous Bloods gang in Dallas, Texas; and Andricka Williams, widow of Alton Sterling, who was killed in 2016 in a controversial shooting by two Baton Rouge police officers.

CourseCon Baton Rouge is a moderated forum, in partnership with Urban Specialists, Raising Cane's and the City of Baton Rouge that will provide an opportunity for residents, community stakeholders, and key influencers to gather for a civil discourse. The intention of CourseCon Baton Rouge is to facilitate an in-depth conversation about shared community interests, ways to promote thriving communities and stop senseless violence. Omar Jahwar is just the right person to lead this critical conversation as he is widely known all over the world for his results-driven approach to ending violence and bringing about positive change in communities of high crime and poverty. As founder and chief executive officer of Urban Specialists, Jahwar and his team are committed to revitalizing urban communities nationwide to end senseless violence. In Dallas, Jahwar adopted sixteen streets in one of the most crime-ridden, impoverished neighborhood in Dallas and through his leadership, there is a 58% decrease in crime in that area in just one year. He also adopted a high school in the community and they have seen a 72% reduction in violent incidents in just one school year.

"We are excited to bring this conversation to Baton Rouge," said Omar Jahwar. "We opened an office in Baton Rouge in early 2018 and we have already seen significant results. We have a proven method that has worked in other urban areas and we look forward to continuing to implement those strategies to further decrease violent incidents in Baton Rouge."

Omar Jahwar is an expert in urban culture and the leading voice around the country for eradicating senseless violence. His efforts to revive urban culture began over twenty years ago as the first state-appointed gang specialist in Texas. In this role, he negotiated peace terms between incarcerated rival gang members. He also brought over 400 gang members together and negotiated the first peace treaty between the infamous Blood and Crip gangs in Dallas.

Urban Specialists is taking CourseCon around the country to help activate change in urban communities.

To schedule pre-event interviews or request media credentials to attend and cover CourseCon Baton Rouge, please contact Kayla Tucker Adams at or 214-403-9852.

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