On November 14, 1960, three Black first-graders in white dresses and hair bows were escorted by U.S. marshals into McDonogh 19 Elementary School in New Orleans. At the time, Tessie Prevost, Leona Tate, and Gail Etienne were just 6-years-old and didn't understand the magnitude of this moment.
They were front-line soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. Alongside a fourth girl, who was starting at another all-white school in the city on the same day, they would become the first Black students to integrate elementary schools in the Deep South. - Fox News
Months before her May 2 inauguration, Orleans Parish Sheriff-elect Susan Hutson is starting to flex her newfound political muscles.
The former independent monitor for the New Orleans Police Department, Hutson was a mild-mannered presence in helping ensure the city's force was reshaped amid an outcry over police violence a decade ago. - Nola News
The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (Workers’ Center) was founded in 2007. We are a multi-racial organization; committed to racial, gender, and immigrant justice; and dedicated to building power at the intersection of race and the economy. Join the movement!
OVNV was founded in 2015 with the mission of organizing parents to expand quality educational access for students” and to help advocate for more equitable learning environments and experiences. Rather than provide an agenda to parents to push for, they want parents to activate around issues they care about. Mary Moran, its co-founder, is dedicated to supporting parents and to help address racism in schools and communities.
Established in 2017, Colloqate Design is a multidisciplinary nonprofit Design Justice practice focused on expanding community access to, and building power through the design of social, civic, and cultural spaces. Sitting at the intersections of disruption, justice, design and creation, the organization’s mission is to intentionally organize, advocate, and design spaces of racial, social and cultural equity.
Founded for and by Black New Orleanians, Black Education for New Orleans (BE NOLA) works to ensure an education that creates better outcomes and opportunities for Black children in the city as a critical factor in building a thriving Black community that is politically, economically and socially strong. Adrinda Kelly leads with the belief that in order to build capacity for increased Black involvement in New Orleans education, the organization must focus on the following three core functions: Black-Governed, Black-Led Schools (BGBLS) support, Black Educator support, and Black Educator gatherings.
A collaborative between education, business, and civic leaders, YouthForce NOLA is part of a momentous cross-country movement to better prepare youth for postsecondary success. With a vision for an economically prosperous and equitable future for New Orleans public school students, YouthForce prepares students by focusing on the three critical components they believe are needed to succeed in the growing fields of tomorrow: technical skills, soft skills, and meaningful work.
Calling themselves the “Rethinkers,” the Rethink group of activists was formed in 2006 with a mission to reinvent New Orleans public schools with two simple ideas: serviceable bathrooms and decent cafeteria food.
Our Mission is to empower people with a holistic network of resources and relationships as they work to change their lives, families, and communities.
The Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) is a nonprofit civil rights organization established in 1995 to
eradicate housing discrimination. LaFHAC’s work throughout Louisiana includes educational offerings, free legal services for victims of housing discrimination, policy advocacy, and foreclosure prevention counseling.
We are a team of organizations who believe in the power of community and taking action. Our goal is to equip our fellow Louisianans with the knowledge and information they need to find their voice, and learn where and when to use it.
Having served Greater New Orleans since 1938 with a mission to assist underserved communities in securing economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights, the Urban League expanded to a statewide entity in 2016, becoming the Urban League of Louisiana (ULLA). That expansion began in East Baton Rouge Parish and plans to continue throughout the state.
The annual Empowerment and Policy Conference, powered by the Urban League of Louisiana and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, is a statewide convening designed to examine systems, influence policy decisions and enact changes that will positively impact the African American and other communities.
Local Hero Spotlight
Members can nominate a local hero for recognition on their local LoveJustice.com city page!
Anyone and everyone can make an impact, and at LoveJustice we believe that they deserve to be recognized for their good, necessary work!