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Jorian Reeves

Discovering the Excellence Within: Realizing My Greatness in South Africa

By | Editors' Choice

Jorian Reeves, Xavier University of Louisiana, reflects on CIEE’s 2018 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship experience in Cape Town. By Jorian Reeves Xavier University, Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy  I had my first taste of global cultural learning in 2015 when I traveled to Qatar at the age of 14 for a week-long Arabic debate competition. Two years earlier, in seventh grade, I had started taking Arabic classes at Lindbolm Math and…

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"Undesign the Redline," an exhibit the history of redlining and other discriminatory housing policies in New Orleans and nationwide, is on view at Tulane University's Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design through March 1, 2019.

How did a long past of racist housing policy shape New Orleans? New exhibit explores

By | Gentrification, News & Current Affairs

By Jennifer Larino, The Times Picayune — What can we do to break New Orleans and its neighborhoods free from a long history of racist housing policies? That’s the question posed by “Undesign the Redline,” a traveling exhibit currently stopped at Tulane University’s Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design in Central City. A localized version of the exhibit was created by Designing the WE, a New York design firm…

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Louisiana State Penitentiary

Angola Prison in Louisiana: Proving Ground for Racialized Capitalism

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By W. T. Whitney Jr., ML Today — The Civil War ended and Edward A. Pollard “of Virginia” immediately wrote a history of Confederate military operations. (1) There he insists that slavery is immune from moral blame. That’s because it “bestowed upon the world’s commerce in a half century a single product whose annual value was two hundred millions of dollars. It founded a system of industry by which labor…

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Slave Burial

5 Years After the Unmarked Graves of 1,000 Enslaved People Were Uncovered…

By | Reparations

5 Years After the Unmarked Graves of 1,000 Enslaved People Were Uncovered Near a Shell Refinery, Descendants Will Be Able to Pay Their Respects Breanna Edwards, The Root — Some five years ago, the unmarked graves of as many as 1,000 enslaved people who were forced to work in the fields of plantations in Ascension Parish, La., were uncovered by an archaeologist working for Shell Convent Refinery. The discovery was…

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In contemplating New Orleans’ future, historians reflect on city’s ‘enormous capacity for change’

By | News & Current Affairs

By Della Hasselle — Alexander P. Tureaud Jr. couldn’t sleep, so he sat on a bench on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, where he had become the first black undergraduate student until school officials and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals forced him out. It was a foggy morning, and as a truck pulled up, Tureaud felt frightened. He had recently been subjected to threatening messages from fellow students and…

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A trial at the Destrehan Plantation sentenced 45 men from the uprising to death or to go to New Orleans for future trials.

How a Nearly Successful Slave Revolt Was Intentionally Lost to History

By | Reparations

More than 500 slaves fought for their freedom in this oft-overlooked rebellion By Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian — Two hundred and five years ago, on the night of January 8, 1811, more than 500 enslaved people took up arms in one of the largest slave rebellions in U.S. history. They carried cane knives (used to harvest sugar cane), hoes, clubs and some guns as they marched toward New Orleans chanting “Freedom or Death,” writes Leon A….

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City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell was elected mayor of New Orleans on Saturday.

Progressive Community Organizer Prevails in New Orleans Mayoral Race

By | News & Current Affairs

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell is the city’s first female mayor. By Daniel Marans — City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who successfully fought an effort to raze the Broadmoor neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina, defeated former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet in a runoff election. Both women are Democrats. “Cantrell has staked her mayoral campaign on providing equality to all the elements of the New Orleans community that were previously shut out ―…

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NAARC's New Orleans Area/Regional Reparations Events November 30th - December 2nd 2017

Reparations: An issue Whose Time Has Come. NAARC’s New Orleans Area/Regional Hearing and Town Hall Meeting.

By | Events, NAARC Posts

Reparations: An issue Whose Time Has Come. National African American Reparations Commission’s New Orleans Area/Regional Hearing and Town Hall Meeting. Topics: A Preliminary 10 Point Reparations Program and HR-40 The Congressional Bill to Study Reparations Proposals. Special Guest: Danny Glover, Actor. Activist, Mirielle Fanon Mendes-France, President, Franz Fanon Foundation, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Chairman, CARICOM Reparations Commission, Congressman John Conyers, Dean of Congressional Black Caucus, Sponsor of HR-40 and Members of the National African American Reparations Commission. Locations TBA. Further Information: naarc.nola@gmail.com
or 888.774.2921

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Plantations Slavery

Louisiana Plantations Reworking Tours to Include, Not Whitewash Slavery

By | Reparations

This July 14, 2017 photo shows a memorial by Woodrow Nash for the German Coast Uprising at the Whitney Plantation in Edgard, La. After the uprising, slaves who participated were tried and executed. Their heads were placed in public view along the Mississippi River, to serve as a warning to others. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)   By The Associated Press WALLACE — Ceramic sculptures of hollow-eyed slave children haunt the Whitney…

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