After serving as the Sound and Light tech for the historic Free Southern Theater in New Orleans, Lloyd entered the Air Force during the Vietnam Era and distinguished himself by achieving first place honors in all of his electronics and management training courses, receiving Airman of the year Award for the Third Weather Wing based on his performance at his first duty assignment and he also achied the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-5) in less than three years, setting a base record at Blytheville AFB in Arkansas.
During his military stint, Lloyd took advantage of additional training opportunities to further his technical abilities in electronics and computer technology and upon separation from the military took the first of several positions in which he would serve as "the first black" person to ever have the job in New Orleans. From servicing and installing electronics on tug boats and ships in the river, to having site responsibility for the Burroughs computers and check reader-sorters his team installed and maintained for the Federal Reserve Branch in New Orleans, to becoming the National Service Coordinator for a microfilm duplicating company, headquartered in New Orleans, Lloyd Dennis worked and traveled in many interesting and demanding situations before becoming self employed.
From the time of his first child's birth during his military service, Lloyd Dennis has become an accomplished photographer, published nationally and internationally. He is completely self taught as a photographer, even though later he himself would teach photography to others as the photography teacher at Rabouin High School. He now owns one of the most respected photography and video production companies in the area, Lloyd Dennis Photography & Video, and now Dennis Enterprises, publishing.
Since 1993 he has written a weekly "Love Doctor" column in Data Newsweekly and from April of 1999 to the fall of 2003 he brought his insights about relationships, children and community to the WODT audience on The Love Doctor Show which aired weekly. For the last seven years, he and co-host Paul Beaulieu have hosted "Between The Lines" a talk show about issues, problems and solutions. He is also the Author of "His Way Works" a humorous book designed to bear witness to the truth that consciously living by the golden rule works. In his book he hopes to have young people see the benefits of loving, conscious and purposeful living.
Lloyd Dennis has worked with young people all his adult life, from being the only coach for children in the Lincolnshire community of Marrero, as a mentor in the Big brother program, to working with rescue one with the Urban League, teaching photography at Rabouin High School, as mentor to a group called Youth Remix in Algiers, experiences that led him to found the "Silverback Society" a volunteer organization seeking to provide and coordinate in school mentoring of eight grade boys in an effort to inspire them to become men who have developed the capacity to provide for and protect their families .
He is involved in a forty year love affair with his wife, has three happily married adult children and two grandchildren who have taken over all his spare time, money and imagination. He is the alpha male of a family clan. Lloyd Dennis believes in young people and knows how brilliant they are when caring adults support and encourage their efforts.
Since the Storm he has produced several documentaries about Katrina’s impact: “Coming Home” a film to help people make better choices about the how and when of returning, “Education In Exile” about the young people who returned to New Orleans leaving schools in places where they were treated like refuges and “Renaissance Village” about the plight of those who survived the storm to live in the largest FEMA trailer camp outside of Baton Rouge. He has contributed to the conversation about education reform in New Orleans by producing “A History of Public Education in New Orleans” in conjunction with historian Al Kennedy.
Today Lloyd is a public speaker, journalist, photographer and filmmaker and has now merged his creative skills with his technological assets to become a webmaster, creating and maintaining multimedia rich web sites.
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