Friday, February 10, 2017

195. JB Borders IV, part 2

195. Part 2 of our interview with J. B. Borders IV.  Borders has written the book, Marking Time, Making Place: An Essential Chronology of Blacks in New Orleans Since 1718. Considered the birthplace of jazz and gumbo, and habitat of the fascinating blend of black and European blood called creole, New Orleans is the site of historical and cultural contributions that include music, cuisine, architecture, and politics. J. B.'s timeline starts in 1718 and notes the major names, events, and locations involving African Americans in New Orleans for the last 300 years.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 14, 1957 Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded in New Orleans. 
  2. This week in New Orleans history. New Orleans soul singer and songwriter King Floyd was born in New Orleans on February 13, 1945.  He was best known for his top 10 hit from 1970, "Groove Me".  Floyd  passed away on March 6, 2006.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Cajun Country Courir de Mardi Gras
    February 23rd, 2017 - February 28th, 2017
    Various Locations in Eunice, LA
    Downtown Eunice, 300 S. Second St.,
    Eunice, LA 70535
    This unique five day celebration is not your typical idea of Mardi Gras with beads and doubloons. In fact you won't find these trinkets in sight, but instead, men and women on horseback donned in hand crafted wire masks, tall hats called capuchons, and very distinctive costumes. This one of a kind celebration begins the Friday before Mardi Gras Day, but the main event is the Courir de Mardi Gras procession or "chicken run" which involves chasing a live chicken to collect for a community gumbo, and silliness by revelers all day. Don't wait till Fat Tuesday to join in the fun. Throughout the weeked, experience the town's rural traditions with jam sessions, street dances, cooking demos, Mardi Gras exhibits and a special Liberty Theater show. Les Jeunes and L'il Mardi Gras runs for children are on Sunday as well as an old time boucherie (hog butchering).
         The Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras dates back from when the town was first established in the late 19th century. The Courir was abandoned for a few years during World War II, but in 1946 a small band of riders revived the tradition. Today, the Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras has more than 2,000 participants on the run, and it continues to increase each year.
  4. Postcard from the Louisiana Resistance: Chris Wade.
    We interview Chris Wade of COEXIST about the Unity March at ULM on February 4, 2017. The march was in support of international students after Donald Trump's travel ban.
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