NSU alumna pens book on racial reconciliation

A book by Northwestern State University alumna LaToya Jones Burrell is scheduled for release Nov. 1. “Be Bold: How To Prepare Your Heat and Mind for Racial Reconciliation” was inspired by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earlier this year.

Burrell is a resident of Minneapolis where she is dean of Graduate Education and Accreditation at North Central University, a Christian institution.

“This wasn’t the first racial injustice that I have witnessed, but something felt different this time. I knew I had to do something,” she said. “With a heart after Christ and ultimate goal of racial harmony, I believe that racial reconciliation will take place when we humble ourselves and are open to have courageous conversations. When we are willing to humbly step into a place of openness and listen and learn, true exploration of self and healing can begin and we can all boldly walk into our purposes.”

Burrell earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors at Northwestern State in 2005. She went on to earn her law degree from Southern University Law Center, graduating in the top of her class. During law school, she was involved in several organizations, including the Moot Court Board, the Journal of Race, Gender & Poverty and the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Mock trial team. She has practiced law for several years and is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Minnesota.

Burrell also earned a master’s degree in business administration at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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