EARLY VOTING

BEGINS OCT. 21

Early voting for the Nov. 4 elections begins 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21- Oct. 28 (except Sunday, Oct. 26) at the following locations:

• City Hall—1300 Perdido St., Room 1W24

• Algiers Courthouse—225 Morgan St., Room 105

• Voting Machine Warehouse—8870 Chef Menteur Hwy

• Lake Vista Community Center (Replaces Temporary RTMC Site)—6500 Spanish Fort Blvd.; 2nd Floor

Voters can preview the ballot and get voter information at www.geauxvote.com and/or download the geauxvote mobile app. Sample ballots are also available at each early voting site.

Seniors are encouraged to join the 65+ Program to receive automatic ballots at home. For more information or questions, call (504) 658-8300 or (504) 658-8323.

MAN UP MARCH SET FOR OCT. 25

On Oct. 25, Man Up March New Orleans is calling for 1,000 or more Black men to participate in a march and rally in New Orleans to address several issues that are impacting the Black community and overall city.

The group will gather at Hunter’s Field at the corner of St. Bernard and S. Claiborne at 9 a.m. They will then proceed to the Congo Square where the rally will begin. For more information call 504-723-3976.

The event also commemorates the 19th anniversary of the Million Man March, which took place in October 2005.

To learn more about the Man Up March New Orleans, go to https://twitter.com/ManupMarch. To make donation through Man Up March’s Go Fund Me page, visit http://www.gofundme.com/fjv6hs.

OCT. 25 IS AN EVENING OF OPENINGS AT MCKENNA MUSEUMS

As part of Prospect 3, the George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art will host an exhibition of work by Carrie Mae Weems, beginning with an opening reception from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Best known for her work in photography, Weems award-winning photographs, films, and videos have been displayed in over 50 exhibitions in the United States and abroad and focus on serious issues that face African Americans today, such as racism, gender relations, politics and personal identity.

After the exhibition at the uptown museum, art lovers can visit Le Musée de f.p.c. for another opening reception featuring the work of Eleanor Merritt. Merritt’s solo exhibit “Revelations of Goddesses” will be on display at Le Musée de f.p.c., 2336 Esplanade Ave., beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Vocalist, Michaela Harrison will entertain guests at this venue–cocktails will be served.

The exhibition will be on display through Jan. 25, 2015.

“Reflections of Goddesses” is a retrospective that spans Merritt’s 50 plus year career. The earliest painting is from 1957; and the most recent is from 2012. The one continuous thread throughout her decades of work is the celebration of women.

“I always wanted to glorify women,” Merritt says. “I’m still a feminist, and I went through that whole time in the ’70s when I was very active in the movement to help women artists receive the recognition that they hadn’t been able to acquire in the ’50s and ’60s. So I’ve always wanted to show women as strong, powerful icons.”

LOCAL FAIR HOUSING OFFICE SEARCHES FOR NEW LEADER

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) recently announced that it will be conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director. James Perry, the current executive director, informed the board of directors of his intention to resign his role in early 2015. Perry, who has led the Center since 2005, will transition into an advisory capacity.

Over the last 10 years, GNOFHAC has become a national leader in the fair housing movement. The organization’s resources have been deliberately focused on high-impact, innovative litigation designed to root out discrimination. The effort has earned more than $500 million in monetary relief for victims of discrimination. Recent, notable GNOFHAC successes include the near decade long litigation against St. Bernard Parish that yielded a federal consent decree and four contempt of court findings and required St. Bernard Parish officials to rescind exclusionary ordinances and grant building permits to affordable housing developers and the $62 million legal settlement and creation of a $470 million grant program benefiting thousands of Katrina affected Louisiana homeowners geared to resolve allegations of racial discrimination in the Road Home grant program.

President Lea stated, “We are excited and very pleased with Mr. Perry’s committed and bold leadership over the past nine years.” Lea continued, “And while the Center will miss Mr. Perry, we are confident that we can recruit a replacement capable of not only sustaining, but building on our successes.”

The Board has retained the services of The Hawkins Company, a Los Angeles based executive search firm with experience working in New Orleans, to lead the executive director search process.

Inquiries about the executive director recruitment should be directed to Ms. Brett Byers of The Hawkins Company. Ms. Byers can be reached at 323-403-8279 or brett@thehawkinscompany.com.

SON OF A SAINT 3RD ANNUAL GALA

The third annual Son of a Saint Gala will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at the Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St.

The event will include a silent and live auction and entertainment by the Roamin’ Jasmine Band.

To purchase tickets or a sponsorship please visit www.sonofasaint.org or email laurenkolb78@gmail.com. Donations of items for the silent and live auction are welcome.

The New Orleans Tribune

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