We’re excited to share with you the nineteenth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Oretha Castle Haley, Edith Stern, Edgar Stern, Scott Cowen, Sam Cortese, and Leslie Jacobs.
Oretha Castle Haley, by Jessica Strahan
“There has been progress on one level: We have successfully addressed overt racial discrimination. But mostly, we have an illusion of progress. Racism, which is quite different, is embedded in every institution. Reforms must begin with education. Otherwise, we are an obsolete people. The cotton has all been picked.” — Oretha Castle Haley, in a 1980 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Edith Stern, by Saegan Swanson
“Money is wasted on many people. Our families always regarded wealth as a trust to be invested judiciously in humanity.” — Edith Rosenwald Stern (excerpt from Nola.com)
Edgar Stern, by Jeff Morgan
“He showed extraordinary fairness. Edgar’s philosophy was to give all sides a fair hearing, both in editorials and in newscasts.” — John Corporon, a former WDSU news director (excerpt from Nola.com)
Scott Cowen, by Michael McManus
“What Scott did was something extraordinary. He took leadership not only for the resurrection of Tulane but also the resurrection of New Orleans.” — Arthur Levine, a former president of Columbia University Teachers College, who studies university presidents (excerpt from Nola.com)
Sam Cortese, by Connie Kittok
“This is one of the last people places in the country. We formed our own culture, and street peddlers were our ambassadors, roving from township to township. The city vibrated to their chants. And they’re all gone — except that candy man.” — New Orleans broadcaster and historian Mel Leavitt, in 1986 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Leslie Jacobs, by Saegan Swanson
“The conversation about education in Louisiana is no longer about who to blame for our failures, but about making sure each child learns and each school succeeds and recognizing their improvement. Leslie Jacobs changed that conversation; Leslie Jacobs changed the way public education in Louisiana works.” — Gov. Mike Foster (excerpt from Nola.com)
Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.