Attorney, pioneer, entrepreneur, avid collector of African-American art, conversant in Russian and French our Living Legend describes his journey from Trinidad to power and community activism.
Count Time Podcast Living Legend Conan Louis
Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview with Attorney Conan Louis
An experienced manager with a strong track record of success in diverse settings such as the Smithsonian, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and international law firms. He is the founder of CNL Solutions, a private consulting and legal services firm and is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the United States Court of International Trade. He is a graduate of Georgetown University with degrees in Applied Linguistics, Social Linguistics and Law.
Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.
We always keeping it rolling on this with our podcast. We always have these great, interesting men and women who have done and still doing great things. And what I want you to know, we have another one here today. We got here a brother by the name of Conan Louis. Welcome to Count Time.
Well, that’s the primary reason why I was here. But also, several years ago, we did some work for, again, the river road African American museum, and its founder had an event, which is where I met you. And so we took some time to get there and check that out as well. And that was really a great event.
It was particularly great for me because it focused on 272 enslaved people who were sold by the Jesuits from Georgetown University, sold down here to Louisiana. I’m a three time Georgetown graduate school of languages and linguistics, 1973, the graduate school, 1978, and Georgetown university law center class of 1986. But I’m also the former associate vice president for alumni relations at the university, so that event had some significance for me.
So now, were you still working there when they revealed this information at that time of 2017?
No, I had already left Georgetown as a full time employee, but I remained then, and as I am today, a part of the alumni leadership of the university. I served on the board of governors of the university, which is the governing body for the Georgetown University alumni association.
And I’m very proud of the students because they were the impetus for bringing this to the attention of the university. And they were very clear that they wanted to see some action. And in a very short order, they got the president university to take a decision to take the names off of a couple of buildings, take the names of two Jesuits had been involved with the sale, and they renamed those two buildings after two of the enslaved who had been sold two of the 272.