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Members of Les Griots Violets (from left to right) Raven Ancar, Deja Wells, Lexi Frame, Kamiya Stewart, Paige Magee, Abi Mbaye and Tabita Gnagniko.
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Like many colleges and universities nationwide, Tulane University has a troubled past when it comes to race. The school’s namesake, Paul Tulane, was a wealthy New Orleans merchant whose fortune likely had ties to slavery. When he endowed the school in 1881, it was explicitly for the education of “young white persons." After a court battle, Tulane admitted its first black students in 1963. Now, more than 50 years later, some say the university still has a long way to go to make its campus truly welcoming to black students.

A group of black women students is organizing for both cultural and policy changes to make that happen.

On Saturday, some voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will vote on whether to form a new City of St. George. But opponents say it could worsen racial disparities.
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On the ballot for parts of East Baton Rouge Parish, there’s a measure to create a new city: The City of St. George. It’s the first step to carving out a new school district, separate from East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.

Supporters say St. George will allow more local control over taxes and improve education.

This week on The Reading Life: Daniel Brook, whose new book is “The Accident of Color: A Story of Race and Reconstruction," and poet Kelly Harris, the New Orleans literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers, Inc.

Tulane Makes Learning About Race An Undergraduate Requirement
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

College campuses are more diverse than ever. But many students of color who attend historically white colleges and universities say their schools have a lot of catching up to do to make them feel welcome. Not just on campus, but in the curriculum. Tulane University has become one of the first historically white major research institutions to make learning about race a requirement.  

Kaseem Short is pastor of Thomas United Methodist Church in Kenner, which is calling on the mayor to rescind the ban on Nike products.
2kphotos / Courtesy of the Short family

Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn rescinded his ban on Nike products Wednesday afternoon. Last week, Zahn told the city’s Parks and Recreation department and booster clubs to stop buying from the company after Nike launched an ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who started a movement of player protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans our education reporter, Jess Clark, chats with author Walter C. Stern about his new book "Race and Education in New Orleans". Then, we'll discuss the medical marijuana program in Texas with Morris Denton, CEO of Compassionate Cultivation

And later, Jessica Rosgaard checks in with Cityscapes columnist Richard Campanella. 

The Historic New Orleans Collection, Gift of Mrs. Joy Segura, acc. no. 2004.0096.68

This is to a special edition of TriPod New Orleans @300. Producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson handed the mic over to the New Orleans Scholars, a group of students from Metairie Park Country Day and Benjamin Franklin High Schools. Each semester they collaborate with a community group to explore a local challenge: economic, environmental, political and historical.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to make racism and race relations constant touchstones as New Orleans prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018, NOLA.com reports.

Landrieu announced a commission composed of eight planning committees will help plan the 2018 celebration of the founding of New Orleans. One of the eight committees will be called the "racial reconciliation" committee.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson

The Episcopal Church of Louisiana spent the past year making plans for a new ministry, aiming to address its history of racism, as well as other forms of racism in society.

Last week, the Washington, D.C.-based leader of the Episcopal Church came to New Orleans for a special service. At Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest Episcopal congregation in New Orleans, worshippers committed to racial healing and racial justice. 

Segregated Church Bathroom Torn Down

Dec 12, 2013

The parishioners of Our Lady of Peace in the small plantation town of Vacherie can’t wait to get into their church’s new bathroom building. But for some poorly placed air conditioners, they would have dedicated the building last month.

For decades, the old bathroom building behind the 113-year-old Catholic church stood like a monument to segregation. A few months back, some members of the community started talking about racism in the church and concluded that bathroom needed to come down.

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