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Special Series: A Black Teen Campaigns for Dignity

When faced with adversity, New Orleans teenager Rahsaan Ison took what ultimately could have been a negative life experience and transformed it into something that could be used for positive change. In January 2014, Rahsaan was a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), when he crossed railroad tracks and a parked [...]
Katrina Families Are Rebuilding – Wherever They AreHOUSTON (AP) — Bunk beds dominate the narrow living room of Chevelle Washington’s modest three-bedroom brick townhouse apartment. A large box in the corner is piled high with kids’ shoes. The 51-year-old is raising six of her grandchildren. Her home is a refuge, a haven. It was that way back in her native New Orleans, too [...]
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Hurricane Katrina in Photos: Then and NowWhen Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast nearly 10 years ago, it left a mammoth trail of damage in its wake. Storm surge and winds ripped the top off a church steeple in Mississippi, left a tangle of fishing boats sitting in the middle of a Louisiana highway, and ripped holes into the New Orleans [...]
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Same-Sex Couples Win Fight for Marriage Licenses in Ky.MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — April Miller and Karen Roberts hugged as the news flashed across their television screen, and their hug turned into a brief slow dance across the living room rug. A federal appeals court had just upheld a ruling ordering the clerk in their rural Kentucky county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex [...]
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NEW ORLEANS ­– When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant city ­– the place where jazz was born, where the food is legendary, where culture runs deep - had some big problems.
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Katrina Reflections: ‘I Am Very Thankful to Still Be Here’As I reflect on Aug. 29, 2005, I am very thankful to still be here. My family and I could not leave. So, we lived through the devastation where I resided in New Orleans East. Though we had gone to a hotel, we saw how Katrina destroyed our city. Ten years later, though things have [...]
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Katrina Reflections: Still in the StormAug. 28, 2005: “We’ve been on the road since 2 a.m. this morning, escaping the ‘storm of the century’; the worst storm to have ever attacked the city of New Orleans. Katrina is a Category 5 hurricane, with winds of 175 mph. Meteorologists and other officials are calling it ‘catastrophic.’ “We don’t know what we’ll go [...]
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Katrina Reflections: Progress Without Equity Is UnjustEveryone who lived through the life-changing event of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 has plenty of recovery stories. Personally, after going to bed with a sigh of relief thinking that my family and I had escaped the storm, I awoke to watch the news the next morning after Katrina made landfall. I was devastated to [...]
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Katrina Reflections: May Our Efforts Go ForwardIt’s been generally agreed that, prior to Katrina, there was sufficient affordable housing. While not necessarily in the best condition, there were more available and affordable homes for all income ranges. Of course, with the storm and ensuing flood, all of that changed. Over 280,000 homes were either completely destroyed or damaged — a staggering [...]
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Curtis Hill believes in the power of voice. For the past few years, this teenager from Lexington, Mississippi has used his passion, intellect and leadership skills to work with other young people to refine and raise their voice so that communities can be better places. As a youth organizer with the Nollie Jenkins Family Center [...]
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