Mayor Landrieu addresses Delgado students about NOLA for Life

By: Seth Mattei

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, in an assembly held in recognition of Black History Month, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech upstairs in Delgado’s Student Life Center about the goals of his NOLA for Life campaign, a multi-faceted set of initiatives aimed at reducing the city’s murder rate. Following the mayor’s speech, a panel made up of local entrepreneurs spoke about their experiences, and encouraged audience members to use them as examples.


“We have created a robust plan that we call NOLA for Life,” said Landrieu. “”We want to transform the culture of violence in New Orleans into a culture of peace. If you don’t have peace you can’t have freedom, and everyone deserves to be free.”


Landrieu outlined major aspects of NOLA for Life, including heightened presence by an improved police department, doubling funding for New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) and creating jobs and opportunities for at-risk youth in the city.


The mayor spoke for ten minutes before a film promoting NOLA for Life was projected and a slide-show was given on the history of African-American-owned businesses in New Orleans. Afterward, the panel of black entrepreneurs took the stage to discuss their various business ventures. The panel consisted of Iam Tucker, CEO of Integrated Logistical Support, Daryl Womack, owner of Case Closed barbershop, Dwayne Berdal, President and CEO of Royal Engineers and Consultants, LLC, Glenda English, President and creative director of Gmc, and Ronnie Burns, president of QCS Logistics. The discussion was moderated by Octave Francis III, head of the Black Chamber of Commerce in New Orleans.


Dr. Arnel Cosey, Executive Dean of Delgado’s City Park campus introduced the proceedings, and announced that Dr. Monty Sullivan, Delgado’s chancellor had been recommended to serve as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS).

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