Friday, March 4, 2016

146. Renee Sentilles, part 1. Lamar White, part 2

146. Renée Sentilles’ interview about Adah Isaac Menken.  Renee has written a major biography about Menken, Performing Menken: Adah Isaacs Menken and the Birth of American Celebrity. The actress grew up in New Orleans and became the United States' first celebrity, as well known for her lifestyle as for her acting.  Also, we complete out chat with Lamar White about the budget crisis in Louisiana.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. March 5, 1766. Antonio de Ulloa becomes the first Spanish governor of Louisiana; arrives in New Orleans but does not take possession.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. March 5, 1999.  Reverend Avery Caesar Alexander died (June 29, 1910 - March 5, 1999).  Reverend Avery C. Alexander was an important leader in the struggle for civil rights for black Louisianians. A member of the NAACP, Rev. Alexander traveled statewide participating in voter registration drives in the years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed. In New Orleans, he helped to organize several boycotts against white businesses to hire blacks for jobs above the "broom and mop" level. He also led a successful boycott against New Orleans Public Service, Inc. to hire the first black bus drivers. Rev. Alexander participated in marches with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and the first and second marches on Washington. He also was involved in sit-ins to integrate lunch counters all over New Orleans.
  3. Iberia Performing Arts League Presents, “Jesus Christ, Superstar”
    March 3rd, 2016 - March 20th, 2016
    Essanee Theatre
    126 Iberia St., New Iberia, LA 70560
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