Katrina 10th Anniversary Events Addressing Communities of Color

This is the time some people in New Orleans are dreading: Katrina Overload. I can’t keep count of all the 10th anniversary articles being written about New Orleans. Honestly, I feel a little drained by all of it already. Personally, I am pacing myself physically and mentally. There are some events worth sharing and supporting. I’ve made a list of Katrina events that focus on communities of color (I’m sure there are more. Send them to me).   I urge you to listen to people’s stories and pain because there is still a lot of angry, grief and trauma that needs to be heard.

Whatever you do, take good care of yourself, New Orleans.



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Ashe to Amen: A Visual Arts Exhibition Exploring the Enduring Spirituality of People of African Descent

Now Through October 4, 2015

Ashe Cultural Art Center 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. & 1731 Baronne Street, NOLA

Ashe to Amen is one of the most impressive and memorable art exhibitions you will ever see. Surround yourself with art from the shores of Africa to the city of New Orleans. Curated by Leslie King-Hammond, Ashe to Amen features twenty-eight artists, including Willie Birch, John T. Scott, Ron Bechet, Big Chief Darryl Montana, Frank Hayden, Douglas Redd, Keith Calhoun, Cfreedom, Jeffrey Cook and more. Shown in context, the exhibition is held in three galleries. GALLERY HOURS* Closed Monday and Friday, Tues., Wed., & Thurs.: 10 AM – 6 PM, Sat., & Sun.: NOON – 6 PM. *Except during pre-scheduled events.


Don’t Miss The Institute for Women & Ethnic Studies 2-day Conference!

Visit http://www.iwes-resilience.org/ to see the list of speakers, panels and performances.


The 10-Year Journey: Reflections of Family, Identity and New Orleans

George & Leah McKenna Museum of African-American Art

Friday, Aug. 21; through Oct. 10

Opens 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Photographer L. Kasimu Harris’ exhibition chronicles his experience through the storm and recovery in New Orleans. Trumpeter Christian Scott performs at the opening reception.


Saturday, August 22nd

A Night in Dakar celebrates our work to preserve Black arts and culture and while working to raise much needed funding to support capital improvements and annual programming. Poetry. Jazz. Dance. Don’t Miss It. Features poet Ursula Rucker and more.



August 26-28th

Urban League of New Orleans

Katrina Commemorative Conference

Hyatt Regency

Click here to register


Wednesday, August 26

“Two Native Daughters of the 7th Ward”

Dillard University, Will W. Alexander Library

6-7:30 p.m.

“Two Native Daughters of the 7th Ward”

 Katrina 10 literary presentation by Dillard’s English Literary readings featuring professor and author Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy and author Fatima Shaik.


Thursday, Aug. 27, 6PM

10 Years Later, We’re Still Recovering: Black Lives Matter10-Years-Later-Were-Still-Recovering-BlackLivesMatter-Aug.-27th-FFLIC

Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; www.ashecac.org

Keynote address by Alicia Garza, co-creator of #blacklivesmatter. Facilitators and speakers include Latanja Silvester (SEIU Local 21, LA), Norris Henderson (Vote), Shaena Johnson (Breakout), Monique Harden (Environmental Human Rights), Kaaran Harper Royal (Coalition for Community Schools), and Tamara Jackson (Silence is Violence). Sponsored by Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) and #GulfSouthRising.


Saturday, Aug. 29th

Rising Tide X Conference

Xavier University, 1 Drexel Drive; www.risingtidenola.com

10 :00 AM

She’s Got Her Own: New Orleans Black Women Creating Their Own Spaces Online and in Print. Moderator: Charmel Gaulden. Panelist: Kysha Brown Robinson (Co-Founder of Runagate Press), Desiree Evans (Co-Founder of Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective, Kelly Harris (Founder of BrassyBrown.com and Rachel Graham (CEO of Small Hinges). Panel will discuss the importance of women of color perspectives in print and online and the challenges they’ve faced in New Orleans to go from vision to fruition.


Melanated Writers Presents 10 Writers for 10 Years

Members of tbe Melanted Writers Collective read original work about New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina and more.


*Activist DeRay Mckesson is the keynote speaker for the conference.


August 28

Dillard University Jazz Funeral: Burying the Past


Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd.

Free. 504.816.4857.


Saturday, August 29th


New Orleans House of Blues

Make it Right Foundation with Solange & Special Guests


Sunday, August 30 – 4- 5 p.m.

Musical Production: “What’s Goin’ On”

Dillard University

4- 5 p.m.

Samuel DuBois Cook Theater

A one-hour musical performance featuring Tonya Boyd-Cannon, recently seen on NBC’s Emmy-Award Winning Program, “The Voice” and Dillard University students. Performances will include Motown hits as well as original compositions. Admission: $15


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