- This week in Louisiana history. April 21, 1804. Gov. Laussat, last French Gov., leaves Louisiana.
- This week in New Orleans history. According to the Amistad
Research Center, The Reverse Freedom Rides of 1962 were a
deliberate parody of the Freedom Rides organized by the
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in the previous year. Also
called the Freedom Rides North, African American
"participants" in the Reverse Freedom Rides were offered free
one-way transportation and the promise of free housing and
guaranteed employment to Northern cities. George Singelmann of
the Greater New Orleans Citizens' Council orchestrated the
Reverse Freedom Rides, which served as the Citizens' Councils'
means of testing the sincerity of Northern liberals' quest for
equality for African Americans. This attempt to embarrass
Northern critics of the Citizens' Councils was a way of, in
Singelmann's words, "telling the North to put up or shut up."
Public outcry against the Reverse Freedom Rides was swift and
direct, with groups such as the Urban League of Greater New
Orleans leading the chorus of disapproval. WDSU Radio released
a statement in April 1962, that typifies the response: "WDSU
believes the Freedom Bus North movement is sick sensationalism
bordering on moronic."
- This week in Louisiana.
Jazz Fest 2018!
April 27-May 6, 2018
The 48th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
New Orleans Fair Grounds
1751 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA
This is the #1 music festival in New Orleans, with over a week's worth of world-class entertainment. This year's entertainment includes Sting, Sturgill Simpson, Steel Pulse, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Ron Carter Trio, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jon Cleary, Samantha Fish, Davell Crawford, Jake Shimabukuro, Wayne Toups, Luther Kent & Trickbag, Bobby Rush, Leslie Odom Jr., Eric Lindell, Sidi Toure of Mali, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, and many more.
- Postcards from Louisiana. Boston Becca plays violin on Royal St.
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