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Title: JOin the Movement
START DATE: 6/11/2005
Duration: 1 Hours
Location: Bywater/Marigny
Location Details:
green space between Royal and Dauphine on Press St, by the tracks.
Event Topic:
Event Type: Rally
Contact Name: Jerald WHite
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (504) 896-7333
for a CELEBRATION of Homer Plessy and the Citizens’ Committee of 1892
and the INAUGURATION of the new Peoples’ Committee of 2005

Date: Saturday, June 11th
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Place: Plessy Park, corner of Press and Royal Streets, Faubourg Marigny

* Food * Music * Douglass High School Student Poetry Jam and Digital Media Presentations* Celebrate Unity in the Community and New Orleans Civil Rights History

Background: In 1892, Homer Plessy and the New Orleans Citizens’ Committee challenged segregation on New Orleans streetcars. Plessy was ultimately arrested, tried and convicted for sitting in the white section of the car. Plessy’s case led to the 1896 landmark decision in Plessy v. Ferguson in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared that black citizens could legally be subjected to “separate but equal” accommodations. As we know, separate was always unequal – particularly in the schools. It was not until 1954 – over half a century later – that the Supreme Court acknowledged this in Brown v. Board of Education. Today, New Orleans schools are some of the worst in the country and serve a population of children that is 95 percent black. In honor of the struggles of New Orleans civil rights activists and the children of our city, we would like to see Plessy Park turned into a Civil Rights Memorial and that our city make quality education a reality in all our schools.

Sponsored by: Crescent City Peace Alliance, Frederick Douglass Senior H.S., and
the Douglass Community Coalition. For more information: contact Jerald White at
(504) 896-7333 or visit and

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