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In North Carolina, 2 State Legislators Awarded EPU Fellowship

November 16, 2021


Nonprofit org, founded by Mitch Landrieu, invests in leaders expanding race and class equity.

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 16, 2021 – E Pluribus Unum (EPU) announced its 2021 UNUM Fellows today including North Carolina’s own State Senator Jay Chadhuri and State Representative Ashton Clemmons. The select cohort of Southern elected leaders will participate in a year-long program to advance racial and economic equity in their states through sustainable change and collaboration. Just as with the inaugural cohort of EPU UNUM Fellows that included local elected officials, the organization will provide resources, training, and technical expertise along the journey.

“EPU’s UNUM Fellows are on the front lines of shaping America and are passionate to unite and build upon our country’s promise, said Founder and President Mitch Landrieu, a former Louisiana state legislator, mayor of New Orleans, and Louisiana Lt. Governor. “When leaders emphasize equity across race and class, then we begin tearing down the old walls intentionally built to divide us. Our communities, states, and America herself thrives when united and EPU Fellows are a part of making us better.”

Upon receiving the recognition, State Senator Chadhuri and State Representative Clemmons noted, “A North Carolina that keeps striving for race and class equity is a better North Carolina; and we are honored to partner with E Pluribus Unum as UNUM Fellows continuing on this important journey for our state and all North Carolinians.”

E Pluribus Unum’s 2021 UNUM Fellows are:

  • Teri Anulewicz, State Representative of Georgia
  • Christopher Bell, State Representative of Mississippi
  • Park Cannon, State Representative of Georgia
  • Jay Chaudhuri, State Senator of North Carolina
  • Ashton Clemmons, State Representative of North Carolina
  • Royce Duplessis, State Representative of Louisiana
  • Aimee Adatto Freeman, State Representative of Louisiana
  • Juandalynn Givan, State Representative of Alabama
  • Harold Love, State Representative of Tennessee
  • Kim Schofield, State Representative of Georgia
  • Zakiya Summers, State Representative of Mississippi

Learn more about E Pluribus Unum’s UNUM Fellows.


About E Pluribus Unum
Founded by former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in 2018, E Pluribus Unum (EPU) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to build a more just, equitable, and inclusive South, uprooting the barriers that have long divided the region by race and class. Incubated at Emerson Collective, EPU is focused on changing the divisive narratives that perpetuate systemic and interpersonal racism, cultivating and empowering courageous leaders who are advancing racial equity, and championing transformative policy change.