Councilwoman Luvertha August
Luvertha August Councilwoman
Luvertha August, a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She is a graduate of W. O. Boston High School and received her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in education from McNeese State University.

Luvertha is a retired educator having begun her teaching career at St. Katherine Drexel Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School and finishing it in the Calcasieu Parish School System.

Upon the death of her husband, Allen P. August, Sr., she entered into politics by first being appointed to fill his unexpired term on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury until a special election could be called. She ran and won the special election and then later ran and won to serve a full four year term. She served on the Police Jury from 1998 - 2004.

From 1999-2004, Luvertha served as president of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Office of Community Services Board. During her tenure as president, many projects were introduced by the Board and adopted by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, some of which included: the Food for Seniors Program; the North Lake Charles Contract Postal Office; the parish-wide transportation system and the expansion to the Calcasieu Parish Office of Community Services building for Senior Citizens.

Luvertha represented the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury on the Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development Commission and served as its treasurer in 2003. She was also on the TRIAD/SALT Council which dealt with senior citizen affairs.

After leaving office as a Police Juror, Luvertha became active in the Project-Build-A-Future program which builds new homes for low income first-time home buyers and presently serves as its vice-president. She serves on the Mayor's Human Relations Commission which acts as a liaison between citizens and the city police department. She is a member of the Lake Charles Serra Club, an organization which promotes and supports those entering religious vocations in the Catholic Church and is one of only two African-Americans to serve as president during its long history in Lake Charles.

In 2008, politics, again, beckoned to Luvertha when she was appointed to fill the unexpired term of now State Representative A. B. Franklin. In 2009 she was elected to serve a full term as the Lake Charles City Council Member for District B and was elected by the Council to serve as Vice-President for the year 2012-2013.

Luvertha is the proud mother of two children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In memory of her husband, each year Luvertha presents a scholarship to a graduate in the Calcasieu Parish Adult Education system to help in pursuing further education.

In 2012, Luvertha was recognized by the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. with its "Community Service Award" and by the Black Caucus Police Jury of Louisiana with a "Distinguished Service Award."

Luvertha says, "I never imagined my life's journey would give me the adventures I have had. It is as if God, Himself, has held my hand and led me down the paths I have felt compelled to follow as I feel His constant and loving protection."