civil rights

This week, Susan Larson talks with Matthew Van Meter, author of “Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South”. We’ll also hear from novelist Iris Martin Cohen, author of “Last Call on Decatur Street.”

Chakula cha Jua And The Free Southern Theater: An Oral History

Oct 18, 2019
The Historic New Orleans Collection

Chakula cha Jua became aware of the Black Liberation Movement, as many other Black Southerners did, while he was serving in the military. From there, he returned home to New Orleans and enlisted in a very different fight— the performance activism of the Free Southern Theater. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Mr. cha Jua chronicles a career in theater and activism, beginning with his coming of age in the Calliope Housing Projects.


The Longest Walk: How A Kindergartener Became A Civil Rights Ally

Apr 19, 2019
The Historic New Orleans Collection

As part of their civil rights oral history project, The Historic New Orleans Collection is documenting the 1960 desegregation of New Orleans schools. Pam Foreman Testroet became part of that history when, as a white student, she decided to attend William Frantz Elementary School with Ruby Bridges.

Danger And Resistance At Pontchartrain Beach: A Civil Rights Story

Feb 15, 2019
The Historic New Orleans Collection

Katrena Jackson Ndang came of age at a time when the phrase "the personal is political" was reaching new heights. While she was enrolled at Southern University, Ms. Ndang became a civil rights activist, and she used non-violent resistance in protests across the city, including on one fateful day at Pontchartain Beach. She eventually ex-patriated to Cameroon, but her civil rights years are ingrained in her memory, which she shared for this edition of NOLA Life Stories.


How To Spell Solidarity: The Freedom Ride Of '61

Aug 17, 2018
The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection has put together a wealth of oral histories from the civil rights movement as part of their NOLA Resistance Project. The latest story belongs to Claude Reese, who played a vital role in the New Orleans chapter of CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality. Claude traces his civil rights activism back to one extraordinary leader, Oretha Castle Haley. You’re about to hear Claude’s firsthand account in this edition of NOLA Life Stories.