NEW ORLEANS – The nation's oldest and largest association for African-American lawyers and judges has created an LGBTQ division for its members. The National Bar Association's president calls it a long-overdue milestone. President Juan Thomas says that if the group is to continue as a leading civil rights organization, it's important to be inclusive for all members. A news release Thursday said 55 of the board's 56 members voted to approve the new division this week in New Orleans. The new division's committee chair is Jonathan Patterson.
The John R. Wooden Award announced its high school basketball players of the year for boys and girls from Southern California. Devante Doutrive of Birmingham was named the City Section player of the year in boys. For girls, Chelsey Gipson of Palisades was named the top player in the City Section. The players will be presented their awards on April 7 in conjunction with the ESPN College Basketball Awards at The Novo by Microsoft at LA Live.