Hurricane Katrina 14th Anniversary March & Second Line

by Hip Hop Caucus | Aug 26, 2019 | Press Release

New Orleans Community, Hip Hop Artists, and Activists to Commemorate the 14th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, call for leaders to act on climate and justice

New Orleans, Louisiana – To remember the lives lost, honor the resiliency of the community, and advocate for the people most devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Nuthin’ But Fire Records, Q93, and numerous community partners are hosting the 14th annual Hurricane Katrina March & Secondline this Sunday, September 1, 2019.

As part of the commemorative day, organizers are asking participants and supporters to:

  • Remember: by calling on the state of Louisiana to make August 29 a holiday commemorating the lives lost in Katrina.
  • Right the Wrongs: by calling for racial and economic justice, so that in the face of disaster, poor and people of color are not left without the ability to rebuild communities with good schools, good jobs, and good public health and safety.  
  • Say “Never Again”: by calling for action on climate change from local, state, federal and world leaders, otherwise we will only see more of these extreme weather events like Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma, and Maria around the world.

The day’s events will begin with a healing ceremony next to where the levee breached in the Lower Ninth Ward, followed by a march through the streets which will, in New Orleans tradition, feed into a very large secondline. The second line will end at Hunter’s Field with a rally hosted by Wild Wayne of radio station Q93.

The event will feature speakers and performers including prominent community and cultural leaders. This event serves as the largest and longest running annual community based commemoration of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and shows first-hand the consequences of climate disasters on communities who thirteen years later are still recovering.

Photojournalists are welcome to capture this event that acknowledges the somberness of the occasion while celebrating the heart and soul of New Orleans.

WHAT: Hurricane Katrina 14th Anniversary March & Second Line

WHEN: Sunday, September 1, 2019 – 10:00 AM EST 

WHERE: New Orleans, Louisiana – From Jourdan Avenue & Galvez Street (Lower Ninth Ward) to Hunter Field (between North Claiborne Avenue & St. Bernard Avenue) 


  • 11:00 – 11:30am – Healing Ceremony (Lower Ninth Ward between North Galvez Street & Jourdan Avenue): healing ceremony held right against the backdrop of where the levees broke in the Lower Ninth Ward. Community members gather for a multi-faith prayer and a reading of the names of those who died during Hurricane Katrina.
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm – March & Second Line (The march will transition into a second line to Hunter’s Field): The Second Line will feature New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band.
  • 1:30 – 4:30pm – Rally and Performances (Hunter’s Field between North Claiborne Avenue & St. Bernard Avenue): An afternoon program with speakers and performers, vendors and community organizations


Hosts: Wild Wayne – Q93 On-Air DJ and New Orleans Native

Second Line: led by famous New Orleans Hot 8 Brass Band 

Speakers and Performers:

Rev Yearwood, President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus

Mia X, pioneering rapper and recording artist from New Orleans

Sess 4-5, CEO Nuthin But Fire Records, recording artist and prominent community activist, Hip Hop Caucus New Orleans City Coordinator

Tae Money

Keedy Black

Princess Shea Shea


Shaddy Feel Good

Magnolia Chop

Iris P

Andy Rebirth & John Doe


Apostle Troy Lawrence Sr

Sporty’s Brass Band

WHY: This annual anniversary event will be the second line for the 14th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The full day of activities will demonstrate the resilience of the community and honor the lives lost 14 years ago. The speakers and messages will also highlight the continued struggle of families to navigate post-Katrina New Orleans’ realities because of racial and economic inequities; and it will call on all of us to prevent any future disasters of this magnitude by addressing climate change.

CONTACT: media@hiphopcaucus.org 

About New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation: New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation annually organizes the largest community-led remembrance event on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29th.

About Hip Hop Caucus (HipHopCaucus.org): Established in 2004, Hip Hop Caucus is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, Hip Hop Caucus addresses core issues impacting young people, underserved, and vulnerable communities. Hip Hop Caucus programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at HipHopCaucus.org and follow @hiphopcaucus on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Source: http://hiphopcaucus.org/katrina14/

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