A commemorative service honoring the legacy of the slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Rest Baptist Church.
Keynote speaker for the service will be the Honorable Shonda Stone, a Caddo Parish juvenile judge.
Stone earned her juris doctor from Southern University Law Center in 1988 and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Southern University in 1984.
She currently serves as a Caddo Parish juvenile court judge and presides over delinquency, Children in Need of Care, or CINC, Family in Need of Services, or FINS, child support and adoption cases. Stone readily admits, however, that family preservation court and parents with substance abuse issues hold a special place in her heart.
Before her election to the bench, Stone served the Shreveport community in several different capacities including attorney-at-law in private practice, legal services contract attorney, adjunct professor at Louisiana State University, notary instructor for the Caddo Parish School Board and staff attorney for the Advocacy Center for the Elderly and Disabled.
Stone is a member of the following organizations: Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Judicial Council – NBA, Shreveport Bar Association, Black Lawyer’s Association of Shreveport/Bossier and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She is a member Avenue Baptist Church.
In 2011, she was appointed to the Judicial College Board of Governors by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Stone is the recipient of the 2012 Louisiana CASA Judge of the Year award, and in 2015, Stone was appointed as a member of the Judicial Budgetary Council Board by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Whenever her schedule permits, Stone willingly participates and serves the community in capacities ranging from panelist to keynote speaker at conferences, high schools, universities, churches, civic organizations and other agencies and organizations throughout the state.
Stone is the daughter of Willia Dean Anderson Stone, a retired state educator and former elementary school teacher, and the late Jesse N. Stone Jr., civil rights leader and the first African-American justice to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The MLK Youth Leadership Award and Oratorical contest winners will also be presented at the service.