Three New Orleanians Named to Ebony 100 List

Norman Francis
Norman Francis

Xavier University of Louisiana President Norman C. Francis, the nation’s longest serving college president, was named to EBONY Magazine’s Annual Power 100 List, which salutes the remarkable achievements of African-Americans each year..

This year’s list also includes including New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Arnold Donald—both native New Orleanians.

These leaders are honored and recognized for changing the course of history and making an enduring and lasting impact in their communities and the world.

Francis was categorized as a “Dream Keeper”, and Baquet and Donald were named to the list as “Powerbrokers”.

All members of the Power 100 List will be honored at the 29th Annual Gala celebration in Los Angeles CA Nov. 19, at the AVALON Hollywood. The 2014 Power 100 list will appear in the December issue of EBONY, on newsstands the week of Nov. 17.

Smoke Free Week

New Orleans City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, New Orleans City Health Director Charlotte Parent, the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living Associate Director Tonia Moore, and other health care professionals and community leaders recently kicked off Smoke-Free Week 2.0 in New Orleans with a special press event  on the front steps of City Hall.

Smoke-Free Week, November 12-20, 2014, is a health initiative designed to raise awareness on the risks of secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace and is sponsored by Councilwoman Cantrell’s office, the Healthier Air for All Campaign (HAFA), an initiative of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Louisiana (CTFLA).

Delgado Gets $1.5 Million GE Grant

Delgado Community CollegeThe GE Foundation recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to Delgado Community College to help fill the advanced manufacturing and water management skills gap in New Orleans.  This grant will support Delgado Community College’s ongoing efforts to train certified water infrastructure personnel to work at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. The GE Foundation will partner with Delgado Community College, Sewerage and Water Board and the City of New Orleans to create career pathways in advanced manufacturing for hundreds of job seekers over three years.

According to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, nearly 40 percent of the Sewerage and Water Board workforce is nearing retirement eligibility, leaving the critical utility and its upgrade needs vulnerable. The GE Foundation grant will help to address this issue.

Delgado Community College Chancellor Joan Davis said, “Career preparation is fundamental to the mission of Delgado Community College, which has served the City of New Orleans in this capacity for over 93 years. It is completely appropriate that Delgado be intimately involved in job training for the Sewerage and Water Board as it undertakes the vital effort to improve and safeguard the city’s water supply and delivery systems.  Delgado looks forward to the day when New Orleans has a sewerage and water infrastructure that is a model for the nation. We are proud to provide the educational component to this great transformation.”

Prospect 3 New Orleans Continues Through January 2015

Lori and daughter Lauren DeFils with Dr. Dwight McKenna at the Oct. 25 opening of the Carrie Mae Weems exhibition at McKenna Museum.
Lori and daughter Lauren DeFils with Dr. Dwight McKenna at the Oct. 25 opening of the Carrie Mae Weems exhibition at McKenna Museum.

Created in the tradition of the great international exhibitions, Prospect New Orleans showcases new artistic practices from around the world in settings that are both historic and culturally exceptional, and contribute to the cultural economy of New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf region.

The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art is participating by serving as a venue for two exhibitions that are a part of Prospect 3, including the work of acclaimed  by artist Carrie Mae Weems and an artistic tribute to acclaimed sculptor and painter John Scott.

For more information or the complete schedule of Prospect 3 New Orleans events, visit

We are the Missing Piece Co-sponsors Lecture at Dillard University

Maggie Anderson, Beverly McKenna, John Slade, Alden McDonald and Anitra Brown.
Maggie Anderson, Beverly McKenna, John Slade, Alden McDonald and Anitra Brown.

We Are The Missing Piece recently co-sponsored a Brain Food series lecture in conjunction with Dillard University, featuring author Maggie Anderson of the Empowerment Experiment.

Anderson shared her family’s journey of exclusively patronizing Black-owned businesses for one year. She was also on hand to sign copies of her book, Our Black Year, which everyone in attendance received thanks to the generosity of We Are The Missing Piece’s principal partner Alden McDonald of Liberty Bank & Trust Co.

We Are The Missing Piece is a Conscious Consumerism campaign created by McKenna Publishing Company and partners Liberty Bank and WBOK 1230 AM.

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