Baton Rouge, La. ( Associated Press) — The state is the first participant in a national leadership program created by the Faith and Politics Institute of Washington, DC, a sophomore at Louisiana State University.
Ringgold’s Antavian “Tay” Moore will join nine other students John Robert Lewis from schools including Dartmouth College, University of Southern California and Claflin University as the second group of scholars.
The program is named for the late civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman. It aims to build a nationwide network of emerging leaders to drive change through the nonviolent philosophy of the American Civil Rights Movement.
Moore said that his great-grandfathers instilled in him the principles of the Civil Rights Movement. “Even though I didn’t experience it physically myself, I felt a connection to that era,” he said.
Moore is an Ogden Honors College student studying political science and music. While in high school, he earned two associate degrees from Bossier Parish Community College.
As a John Robert Lewis Scholar, Moore will participate in the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage and will make two trips to Washington to connect with representatives of national, state and local governments, businesses, and nonprofits engaged in social impact work. There will also be virtual sessions about racial, economic and social inequalities, and each participant will have an oral history project.
“Throughout my life, my parents and pastor have always emphasized the importance of showing faith through authentic service to my community,” Moore said.
He has served on the National 4-H Council Board of Trustees, the National 4-H Young Alumni Advisory Committee, and as LSU Collegiate 4-H Co-Chair. He is the music director of Full Gospel United Pentecostal Church in Baton Rouge.
Moore hopes to use her experiences and education to pursue a career in public service in Louisiana.