Friday, January 16, 2015

87. Interview with writer Maurice Ruffin, part 2

87.  Part two of our interview with Maurice Ruffin.  Maurice is an attorney in New Orleans who is also gaining prominence for his writing.  You can read one of his short stories here.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. January 18 1962 Southern University closed following protests. Under pressure from state authorities, administrators at many publicly supported black colleges used expulsions and shut-downs to stop sit-ins and related activities. Later in the 1960s and 1970s, this became a common way of dealing with student disturbances.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  January 17, 2008.   Musician Delfeayo Marsalis was the keynote speaker for this year's Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration. Marsalis shared his thoughts on the struggles of African American people and the freedoms we enjoy today that were won by that struggle.  The Martin Luther King Celebration began with a joyous dance performed by Kendra Harris and members of African dance and drum collaboratives from around the city.
  3. This week in Louisiana. "Photo-Unrealism"
    New Orleans Museum of Art and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
    1 Collins Diboll Circle,
    City Park
    New Orleans, LA 70124
         January 14-March 15, 2015
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM CST
        Works from NOMA's permanent collection that highlight the abstract, unreal, and surreal in photography.
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