PHILLIS WHEATLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NEW ORLEANS' HISTORICAL TREME AREA IS BEING SLATED FOR DEMOLITION, AUGUST, 2011. 2300 DUMAINE STREET. ORLEANS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD IS THE OWNER. RSD(RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT) IS THE APPLICANT TO DESTROY A PART OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE. I AM A FORMER STUDENT OF PHILLIS WHEATLEY AND IT WAS THERE THAT I BEGAN MY LOVE FOR WRITING. THE ENVIRONMENT WAS NUTURING. THE STRUCTURE(HISTORICALLY BEFORE ITS TIME) WAS AND STILL IS SOUND, EVEN AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA. PLEASE, SUPPORT SAVING PHILLIS WHEATLEY. PLEASE SUPPORT SAVING OUR SCHOOLS. PHYLLIS MONTANA-LEBLANC. BY SIGNING THIS PETITION TO SAVE PHILLIS WHEATLEY, YOU ARE STANDING FOR THE CULTURE, THE HISTORY, OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU. THIS IS A CITY INITIATED DEMOLITION AND SUPPORTED BY THE RSD. MAYOR MITCHELL LANDRIEU CAN BE REACHED AT: 1300 PERDIDO STREET. SUITE# 1W30. NEW ORLEANS, LA. 70112-2125. 504.658.3310. This structure can be renovated/repaired and returned to a school facility to teach the children in the neighorhood.
- Mayor of New Orleans, La.
Mayor Mitchell Landrieu
My stand against the demolition of Phillis Wheatley Elementary School is not for sentimental reasons, nor is it for a popularity contest. I am standing to say that our Black Neighborhoods are being systematically destroyed and removed from the history of not only our city, but our culture, as African-Americans. I feel as though I'm a bill collector speaking to a group of people who are in arrears, who are in a state of being behind in the discharge of obligations. Overdue debts. This city's leaders ow it to the people to rebuild as was promised and that was for all levels and areas of New Orleans, Post-Hurricane Katrina. Our city's leaders have fallen short on their promises to bring New Orleans back, but many areas are being left out,as is indicative of the schools being either demolished or slated for demolition. I honestly believed in our city's leaders that we all mattered during the speeches to the media immediately and recently spoken in the media. Those promises and declarations of "WE ARE BACK, NEW ORLEANS IS BACK!" have proven to be fruitless, in the Black Neighborhoods. What was once declared as unity has fallen into to division and I being seen instead as a state of perpetuating inferior accomodations, services and treatment for the African-American Neighborhoods. Genocide: THE DELIBERATE AND SYSTEMATIC DESTRUCTION OF A RACIAL, POLITICAL OR CULTURAL GROUP. This cannot be true of how our city's leaders want the city of New Orleans to be seen to the country, the world. Phillis Wheatley NEEDS TO STAND. SHE IS A PILLAR OF HOPE, ENDURANCE, UNITY AND HISTORY OF STRENGTH AND PROMISE. PLEASE. REMOVE THE "FOR SALE" "FAILURE" "WE GIVE UP" SIGNS FROM PHILLIS WHEATLEY ELEMENTARY. WE ARE LOSING TOO MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS. SAVE A LIFE. SAVE MANY LIVES, BY SUPPORTING THE RESTORING OF A HISTORICAL LANDMARK. THANK YOU. Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc...Former Student of Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. "IT IS EASIER TO BUILD STRONG CHILDREN THAN TO REPAIR BROKEN MEN." FREDERICK DOUGLASS. RETURN PHILLIS WHEATLEY BACK TO THE SCHOOL AND EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM THAT PRODUCED MANY FINE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. RE-OPEN PHILLIS WHEATLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AS PHILLIS WHEATLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGAIN.
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