Dr. Beverly Wright founder and Executive Director of The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice wrote the following Op-Ed for The New Orleans Agenda addressing the city of New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.
Addressing the "Elephant" in the City 10-Years After Hurricane Katrina
Op-Ed by Dr. Beverly Wright
NEW ORLEANS, LA - As we approach the tenth year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, let's not ignore the "elephant" in New Orleans, notwithstanding the pressure to do just that. The elephant in our city is the rampant land grab displacing predominantly African American residents to the outskirts of the city, where public safety, reliable transit, nearby schools, accessible job opportunities, and neighborhood amenities are lacking. To be sure, the displacement of mostly African American residents also creates hardships for white New Orleanians who are not only out-financed by developers and incoming residents, but also see their salaries not keeping up with the rising costs of housing, education, and healthcare in this city.
April 6, 2015 – Dr. Beverly Wright executive director of Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of Texas Southern University Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs hosted the 3rd Annual HBCU Student Climate Change Conference: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Experience, March 26 - 29, 2015. This year’s theme was “Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders through Research and Action.” Over 165 students, faculty, staff, and environmental justice leaders gathered to participate in the critical discussion about equity and inclusion in the face of climate change. HBCU’s in attendance included Alabama A & M University, Alabama State University, Claflin University, Dillard University, Florida A & M University, Fisk University, Grambling State University, Jackson State University, Howard University, Huston-Tillotson University, Lincoln University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A & T, Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, Savannah State University, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, and Xavier University of Louisiana were in attendance. The four day conference included a community tour, an undergraduate and graduate student poster session, COP21 session, student and expert panelist.