Overcoming Katrina by D'Ann R. Penner
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Overcoming Katrina
By D'Ann R. Penner

Overcoming Katrina

African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond

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Overcoming Katrina by D'Ann R. Penner

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Overcoming Katrina tells the stories of 27 New Orleanians as they fought to survive Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Their oral histories offer first-hand experiences: three days on a roof with Navy veteran Leonard Smith; at the convention center with waitress Eleanor Thornton; and with Willie Pitford, an elevator man, as he rescued 150 people in New Orleans East. Overcoming approaches the question of why New Orleans matters, from perspectives of the individuals who lived, loved, worked, and celebrated life and death there prior to being scattered across the country by Hurricane Katrina. This book's twenty-seven narrators range from Mack Slan, a conservative businessman who disparages the younger generation for not sharing his ability to make "good, rational decisions," to Kalamu ya Salaam, who was followed by the New Orleans Police Department for several years as a militant defender of Black Power in the late 1960s and '70s. These narratives are memorials to the corner stores, the Baptist churches, the community health clinics, and those streets where the aunties stood on the corner, and whose physical traces have now all been washed away. They conclude with visions of a safer, equitably rebuilt New Orleans. *Scroll down for more audio excerpts from Overcoming Katrina*

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780230608719
ISBN-10: 023060871X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This books brings together the narrated autobiographies of black New Orleanians, united by their residence in New Orleans, Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina in 2005

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Author Biography - D'Ann R. Penner

D'ANN R. PENNER is the Social Justice Fellow at the Office of the Appellate Defender. KEITH C. FERDINAND is the Founder of Heartbeats Life Center, a cardiology clinic and human rights organization based in New Orleans's Ninth Ward.

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