Black Male Educators of New Orleans: An Interview with Will Horton Jr.

Exhibit the likeness. Provoke imagination. Instill into minds. Establish perception. The seeds of change are planted with intention. They are nurtured, watered, and cultivated with love. Then the results are set free to flourish and plant seeds of their own. In a city with unemployment for black males at over 50 percent, according to a recent study released by the Urban League of New Orleans, black youth need positive role models in… Read More

The Problem We Still Live With

“Is this to be one of the desegregated schools?” a New Orleans teacher asked. “Yes it is,” the superintendent replied. “Would that make any difference?” We had no idea what a difference it would make. In 1932 a child by the name of Barbara Henry was born. She would eventually get tutelage in her early years from the Girls Latin School of Boston—an experience she said taught her to “appreciate and enjoy our… Read More

Gathering the Pieces in New Orleans, There Is Work to Be Done

The air was so thick, you could have cut it with a knife. My heart beat rapidly within my chest. My anticipation grew and my expectations were high as I waited to hear just the right set of words. Earlier this month, the United Negro College Fund held a candidate forum for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education district elections. Election day is on October 24. The first panel consisted… Read More