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A focus on community development

Murelle Harrison is an executive director of Gardere Initiative.

After retiring from being a professor at Southern University after 40 years and being the chair of the psychology department for 15 years, she knew she needed to use her teaching and leadership skills to help improve the East Baton Rouge community.

Murelle Harrison turned in a crime and poverty infested area into an area for children to become educated.

From Murelle doing this, it lowered the crime, theft, burglary, violence and shots fired. All through her life, her parents taught her and her seven siblings that family, hard work, education, and the belief in God were the steppingstones out of poverty. She used her parent’s advice to turn Gardere into a “developing community.”



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