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Dear Baton Rouge: State Representative Edward " Ted" James Homecoming Ode to SU

As our beloved Southern University celebrates 138 years of academic excellence, I am honored to serve as the Grand Marshall of this year’s Homecoming Parade. As a native son of Baton Rouge, I am deeply rooted in the legacy of The Southern University and its contributions to not only my own family, but the great state of Louisiana, our country and beyond.

Southern University has always been a key part of my “village” and the nurturing I received on the bluff has taken me to sights far beyond my dreams. One of my fondest memories is sitting on my father’s shoulders watching the homecoming parade pass through the Scotlandville community. Life has a way of coming full circle because my parents also met at Southern University. I am humbled to lead this parade and looking forward to celebrating with the Jaguar Nation.  

From tailgating, to the homecoming game against Alcorn, the Bluff will be filled with Jaguar excitement. There is even the 10th Annual Art Exhibit in the Visual Art Gallery in Frank Hayden Hall that will be open to the public until October 11th. This is a great time for the community to explore the campus and patronize Southern University’s rich history.

While enjoying this weekend’s homecoming festivities, I also encourage my fellow Jaguars to take in the new SU. With exciting changes on the horizon, it is key that we get and stay involved both civically and financially to ensure Southern University celebrates 138 more!

O Southern, Dear Southern, I Owe My All To Thee!!!


State Representative Edward ” Ted” James
Southern University announced that State Representative Edward ” Ted” James will serve as the 2018 SU Homecoming Parade Grand Marshall. James is an alumnus of Southern University Baton Rouge and Southern University Law Center. A Baton Rouge native and McKinley High School alumnus, James serves in the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 101 in East Baton Rouge Parish. He was first elected in 2011.
The Southern University Homecoming parade will roll in the Scotlandville community on Saturday at 8 a.m. The route can be viewed at

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