Mayor LaToya Cantrell and more set to speak at ‘Black Is Brilliant’ Summit


NEW ORLEANS (BRPROUD) Black Education for New Orleans, more known as “Be NOLA”, is hosting it’s second annual “Black is Beautiful” Summit that is being held virtually on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is one of the set speakers. Others include: American activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Executive Director of the New Orleans Youth Alliance Dr. Rashida Govan and more. The general public can attend the virtual event on BE NOLA’S app or go in-person at some Black-owned businesses across New Orleans: We Dat’s Chicken and Shrimp, CupCake Fairies, Three Palms Bar and Grill etc.

The summit is partnered and sponsored by Ochsner Health, Nuestra Voz/Our Voice, Acceleraise Corporation, Carver Darden, Education Leaders of Color, etc. 

“We are honored to be a sponsor to this important event to support Black educators,” said Deborah Grimes, RN, JD, MSHQS, the Chief Diversity Officer for Ochsner Health System. “This year’s summit will provide a new perspective and ideas and further Ochsner’s goals of promoting equity and wellness within our New Orleans community while bringing focused attention to diversity and inclusion matters.”

The purpose of the summit is to support and provide resources to Black educators and visionaries in the New Orleans on behalf of children.

The summit will include sessions dedicated to Black teacher history, liberation politics, educator health and financial wellness, Critical Race Theory, Environmentalism, Black diasporic food and more.

“Quality Black Educators who are supported to do their best work are the difference makers for New Orleans’ Black children,” Stevona Elem-Rogers, BE NOLA’s Director of Programming Partnerships said. “By exploring the state of Black education and our community from a strengths-based lens, we will build on existing bright spots to articulate the next paradigm shift in education and lifestyle.”

To participate in the summit, invitees must register on the website. Once registered, registrants will need to download the app. The app will only be accessible to summit registrants. Registration closes Tuesday, Aug. 17.

To learn more about Black Education for New Orleans, click here.

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