The icon: Carl Galmon. The legacy: With a commanding presence and a resonant voice that routinely delivered diatribes, Carl Galmon for years was a fixture at Orleans Parish School Board meetings, where he regularly went over the three-minute limit on comments and didn't seem to care whom he offended. For instance, Galmon said the creation of Benjamin Franklin High School, a highly selective public magnet school, was an act of racism and that African-Americans who didn't embrace his views were "misguided Negroes." But he did get results, including winning the implementation of an African-studies program in public schools and the renaming of schools that had been named for slaveholders. Galmon was also the moving force behind a change in admissions criteria for magnet schools that resulted in test scores being given equal weight with essays and recommendations from previous schools. In a 1998 Times-Picayune interview, Mark Doherty, a former school board member, said, "You can say this about him: He's no hypocrite, and he's dogged in pursuit of what he believes." | Read Full Story |
I was born and raised in downtown New Orleans into a culture of cooking, music, dance, art, and crafts. My grandfather's hobby was visual art, my dad is a chef, and my grandmother sewed clothing; I freelanced all these talents. As a child, my father registered my siblings and me in dance and music classes. I attended McDonogh 35 Senior High, but due to Hurricane Katrina, I graduated from Westside High in Houston, Texas. After graduating high school, I moved back home and worked full time while attending Delgado, then William Carey for college prerequisites.
I later attended Dillard University School of Nursing in 2012, and I graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I am currently a Registered Nurse aspiring to become a Nurse Midwife. I also completed Doula training with Sista Midwife Productions in November 2014 and became a part of Birthmark Doula Collective shortly after.
People often ask, “What’s your focus?” This is an awkward conversation in one sitting. My focus is my belief. My art tells a story in the form of poetry. As an artist, I feel free to express my vision through creations not limited to sewing, painting, drawing, or craft. It all depends on the message I am sending. I dream of a world where we can live holistically in nature, health, and beauty. Originality and authenticity of species and spirit is my highest value. I am now working my way back into the art world to continue sharing this vision with the world.
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