Darker Side of Distinction – 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm This panel will consider the complex combination of personalities, historical and social dynamics that express the impact of the women of this particular community on political life in New Orleans. There will be a special emphasis on today’s political realities and strategies for transformation of public life. Panelists: Brenda Square, Cheryl Austin, Beverly McKenna, Ashleigh Gardere and Councilwoman Kristen Gislesen-Palmer.
Creating Sacred Spaces - 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Noted community members and leaders will evoke memories and experiences of growing up in Tremé and how those neighborhood experiences shaped them as individuals and as part of society. Will also contemplate how New Orleans society was shaped by these venerable women. Panelists: Marion Colbert, Jerome Smith, Mia X, Louis Charbonnet, Merlene Kimble, Kermit Ruffins and Father Jerome LeDoux.