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Governor Edwards delivers State of the State Address at Mumford Stadium

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday delivered his State of the State address in A.W. Mumford Stadium. The speech, traditionally held at the Louisiana State Capitol, was moved outdoors due to current COVID-19 mitigation measures. Edwards said he chose Southern for his speech partly because of the university’s successful initiatives in COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.


“I also want to thank you for sharing your campus with the public as a hub for drive through testing and vaccinations. Your efforts have been nothing short of tremendous. In fact, this weekend, the Southern System administered over 1,000 shots.


“Today, these bleachers are bare. But one day soon — if more people continue to get vaccinated and we hold down the transmission of the virus — we are going to fill this stadium once again. And I can’t wait to be here with you watching the Human Jukebox and the Jaguars take the field.”


During the speech held on the first day of the Louisiana Legislature Regular Session, Edwards also addressed access to education, climate issues, and healthcare and pay inequities.


Other participants in the event included Father Paul Yi of St. George Catholic Church, who delivered the invocation; the Southern University ROTC Jaguar Battalion, which presented colors; Brittany Jackson, who performed the National Anthem; and State Rep. Barbara Reich Freiberg, who led the Pledge of Allegiance.


For a replay of the broadcast, click here.