Akili Scholars Explore Career Paths at Black History Month Career Expo


Akili scholars concluded Black History Month with their annual Black History Month Career Day. Scholars in grades PreK-8 participated in the day and had the opportunity to meet with influential African American leaders in the New Orleans Community.

Guests included:

Andre Anderson, Co-owner and Graphic Designer at Modiphy

Dr. Danita Anderson, Physician

Natika Anderson, Chemical Engineer

Brandi Boyd, Owner of Rock the Spectrum

Jammie Collins, Capital Partner with Adams and Reese, LLP

Kevin Ferguson, Account Manager for the New Orleans Pelicans

Mark Hammond, Owner of Hammond’s Transportation

Tameka Jett, Choreographer, Director, and Talent Agent with Passions Dance Studio

New Orleans Fire Department Engine 8

Brandan “Bmike” Odums, local artist and activist

Leslie Legania-Shelby, Owner of Positive Image Modeling, Etiquette, and Charm, Inc.

Ariion Smith, Attorney

Artist Brandan “Bmike Odums” described one of the reasons for his participation. “For me, one of the responsibilities I feel in the position I am in is to be able to pass it on, and as best as possible to be that example to others. I hope Akili scholars walked away from this event with thoughts to help them as they continue to think about how and why they want to do what they do – I was happy to play a small role in something like that.” You can check out Bmike’s artwork here.