New Orleans City Profile on Racial Equity

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When New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu set out to remove a series of confederate monuments lining the city spaces, it sparked national conversation--and action.

But while the story captured the nation's attention, the Mayor and the city's efforts to address racial inequities and begin a process of racial reconciliation in New Orleans were both broader and more comprehensive than removing monuments celebrating the confederacy. 

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This city profile is part of a larger series sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Key Takeaways

1. Mayor Landrieu took a key step in reckoning with the racialized implications of New Orleans' history by not only taking down confederate monuments but using this as an opportunity to question historical narratives. 

2. New Orleans undertook a significant community-wide and city-wide process to develop its comprehensive equity strategy. 

3. The Mayor's public apology and the city's commitment to using the Welcome Table process lay the foundation for the city's reconciliation and racial equity work. 



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