Godfrey White, former Executive Director of Elderly Affairs Office of the Governor of Louisiana, has returned home to Oakland.
He was appointed to the Louisiana position by Governor Kathleen Blanco in 2003. White, a native of New Iberia, Louisiana, was a resident of Oakland when he took time away from his successful marketing and sales training business to help elect Blanco as the first woman governor.
He developed a plan that galvanized African American voters across the state. As Governor, Blanco then appointed White to head the Elderly affairs Office, where he utilized his extensive knowledge to teach faith-based organizations how to protect elders from abuse through quality estate and healthcare planning.
On Jan. 26 at 10 a.m., he will present a free Community Forum Brunch on Estate Planning, Elder Abuse, and Long Term Care plans at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 530 37th St. in Oakland.
Many pastors have agreed to co-host the forum. They include: Rev. Dr. Kevin Barnes, Pastor Rev. Harold Mayberry, Rev. Dr. Robert McKnight, Pastor Rev. Nicole Harris and Dorothy L. Poston, director of the West Oakland Senior Center.
The forum is supported by Mrs. A. Fouche of Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home in Oakland.
White was the first African American to play and letter in football at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and the first Black to be elected to the student Government Association.
Along with many other “firsts,” White says he is proudest to be known as the first African American student athlete to graduate from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
White accepted, on a volunteer basis, the challenge to help develop and implement a Voter Registration – Get Out to Vote campaign on behalf of the NAACP. The campaign was very successful and increased the numbers of registered voters.
White is very active with his church, Elmhurst United Methodist Church. He and other members established a food give-away program called Feed My Sheep Pantry. Housed in a facility owned by the church, the program feeds over 80 people a week.
White was also instrumental in developing and implementing a computer program at the church.