About This Project

Topic Summary

The New Orleans Four Legacy Tribute is a 3 - part docuseries to honor and celebrate America's little soldier girls (Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, Tessie Prevost and Ruby Bridges) and the powerful freedom fighters who moved before them and with them. In 2018, I created and launched The New Orleans Legacy Project because I wanted to address the illegitimate revision of a pivotal moment in American Civil Rights history. As a black woman, I feel its my duty to take control of and CORRECT the illegitimate popular narrative about school integration that omits integral facts about the FULL history of the school desegregation crisis in the Deep South; especially as it took place in New Orleans.

 

"The New Orleans Four were emissaries of justice and freedom. Turning the tide of hate in this nation and calling us towards the liberties enshrined in the United States Constitution." -- Alanah Odoms Executive Director ACLU Louisiana

Under my production company Sunstar Gate Productions LTD in partnership with the Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) and Fish Pot Studios, I stepped out on faith to do the work to ensure that my elders get their just due recognition for their courage, persistence and sacrifice. I am in the final phase of producing and directing this film project that delves deep into the history of the New Orleans Resistance Movement.

 

In 2020 for the 60th Anniversary of desegregation, I worked in partnership with the city of New Orleans to produce the New Orleans Four Proclamation Ceremony at Gallier Hall on November 14, 2020. On that beautiful morning, the City Council of New Orleans proclaimed NOVEMBER 14TH NEW ORLEANS FOUR DAY

 

As we complete part 3 of this series, we are simultaneously moving forward with the Petition to make NEW ORLEANS FOUR DAY a national holiday. We planned this launch so the petition can ignite the movement while we work to complete this film. It's time to DO THE RIGHT THING and right a wrong that has gone on for too long.

 

Our black history is sacred and undoing HISTORICAL NEGATION, and lifting up these FOUR little soldier girls and the powerful legacy of the New Orleans Resistance Movement is crucial NOW more than ever. Self serving Historical Revisionist have been on the move to illegitimately revise our black history and I say NOT ON MY WATCH!

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Please make a tax deductible donation to support me in completing the final phase of this project. We've come a long way and need your support to finish this race. Thanks to a generous corporate gift from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and donations from Friends of The Little Rock Nine, The Tollette Family and New Orleans National Park Service, we've been able to get this project to where we are.