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Martin Luther King Jr. is jostled in Memphis as the march he's leading on March 28, 1968 turns violent. Photo courtesy University of Memphis Libraries.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

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JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS, Democratic Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $107,928.73

Average cost per trip - $7,709.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 75 days
Rank of representative - 32 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Shaw Group
Dates - November 8, 2000 - November 15, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Nigeria - Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe

Purpose - fact finding economic development & trade mission
Notes - meal costs included in lodging

Travel Cost - $6,597.20
Lodging Cost - $275.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,872.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Botswana

Purpose - CODEL investigating AGOA implementation; anti-AIDS initiatives and diamond industry in Botswana
Notes - Child Jelani Jefferson

Travel Cost - $17,794.62
Lodging Cost - $2,258.71
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,753.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American International Group, Connell Company
Dates - July 9, 2001 - July 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose - To make two speeches on U.S. Trade Agenda before House Ways & Means Committee
Notes - Trans paid by Connell, lodging paid by AIG

Travel Cost - $240.75
Lodging Cost - $272.59
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $513.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 19, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - congressional retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $30.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $60.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stolt Globestar, TDC Overseas Ltd, George Stevens Resources
Dates - February 16, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Lagos, Nigeria - Abuja, Nigeria

Purpose - Review of US Trade and Development Agency (TDA) Projects/ Briefing on Nigerian elections
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,268.04
Lodging Cost - $5,270.79
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $15,938.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Hispanic, Asian and Congressional Black Caucus)
Notes - Spouse Andrea Jefferson accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $685.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,234.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Attend Maritime Trades Department Executive Board meeting and give speech on legislation affecting Maritime industry
Notes - New Orleans, LA - Las Vegas - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,516.80
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,116.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Wachovia, Heckerling Institute
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 13, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participate and speak at the 39th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate planning
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - New Orleans, LA

Travel Cost - $1,320.99
Lodging Cost - $303.99
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,624.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Arab American Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Egypt

Purpose - CRC CODEL to Egypt for meetings with government officials on trade policy and foreign relations policy
Notes - WDC - Egypt only one way Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,860.00
Lodging Cost - $1,654.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,314.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dates - March 28, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Participate in fifth annual forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Notes - Cairo - UAE - Qatar - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,253.50
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,303.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Consulting Services, Verizon, iGate Inc, Leth Energy Inc
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Abuja, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Yaounde, Cameroon - Douala, Cameroon - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe

Purpose - In his capacity as co-chair of Congressional Nigeria Caucus & Africa Trade & Investment Caucus; Rep Jefferson led a business delegation to West Africa to explore general investment opportunities & AGOA (African Growth & Opportunity Act)
Notes - Washington, DC - Abua, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Yaounde, Cameroon - Douala, Cameroon - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe - Lagos, Nigeria - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $14,843.00
Lodging Cost - $1,020.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,313.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Brazil Business Council
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador

Purpose - Fact finding mission focused on increasing opportunities for African-American companies in Brazil through trade and partnerships with Afro-Brazilian business / Participation in African-American/Afro-Brazilian Business Summit
Notes - New Orleans - Rio de Janeiro - Sao Paulo - Brasilia - Salvador - New Orleans

Travel Cost - $7,419.50
Lodging Cost - $738.00
Meal Cost - $261.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,418.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Win Win Strategies Foundation
Dates - July 6, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Accra, Ghana

Purpose - Education and business development
Notes - Washington, DC - London - Accra, Ghana / Accra, Ghana - London - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $6,849.67
Lodging Cost - $2,398.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,247.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - Share views on issues on healthcare and education pertaining to African Americans
Notes - Houston, TX - Memphis, TN - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $118.00
Meal Cost - $99.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $217.00

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
Martin Luther King Jr. is jostled in Memphis as the march he's leading on March 28, 1968 turns violent. Photo courtesy University of Memphis Libraries.

King's Last March

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

Recent Posts

  • 01.22.15

    Free Community College for All

    President Barack Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for what he calls “responsible students” who are “willing to work for it.” It’s being called “America’s College Promise.” This week on the podcast we examine the prospect of free community college for all.
  • 01.14.15

    What’s in a number?

    Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest college rankings lists: Put ‘em down.
  • 01.05.15

    Following the Money in Education Philanthropy

    Philanthropic foundations have been giving money to public education for years. But our guest this week argues that philanthropies are increasingly pushing specific educational agendas.
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    Who’s missing from the achievement gap debate?

    The achievement gap refers to the disparities in academic success between lower-income students of color and their more affluent white counterparts. But according to Quyen Dinh, executive director of the national advocacy organization Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), one group often left out of the conversation is Southeast Asian American students.