101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty talk about the recent "State of Black Shreveport" speech given by Mayor Adrian Perkins, given February 29 at Shreveport's Southern University.

Background on the speech from American Ground Radio:

"The event featured panelists and speakers, addressing a host of timely topics, ranging from the economy to education, from social and criminal justice reform to local, state, and national politics. As Perkins began his address to the crowd Saturday morning, he started out by saying that his speech was going to be a little different than usual — that it was time to “shift the tone” in Shreveport — and that would certainly be the case, as he continued his address."

The Mayor addressed topics including his ongoing dispute - and criticism - of Councilman John Nickelson, the need of the city to "redistribute resources," and how African-Americans, whether in or put of power, are forced to play by "a different set of rules."