We’re excited to share with you the thirty-second week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Bishop Paul S. Morton, Angela Hill, Donald E. Powell, Y Van Vu, Walker Percy, and Kermit Ruffins.
For the Greater…, by Jessica Strahan
“Our purpose is to change a generation. We have to do it and we have to do it now. We can’t put spirituality on the back burner.” — Bishop Paul Morton, speaking at the 1998 Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Conference in New Orleans. He was the conference’s presiding bishop. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Angela Hill, by Sean Randall
“Night after night, Angela was the friend who filled you in. Angela is family.” — WWL-TV anchor Karen Swensen, upon the 2013 retirement of broadcaster Angela Hill. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Donald E. Powell, by Connie Kittok
“Over time what happened to Don, he kind of got tired of toeing the corporate line. … As he learned more about the scale of the disaster, he became as sincere and as strong an advocate as anyone in that position could be. We couldn’t have asked for a more dedicated or harder working person.” — Then-Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in 2008. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Y Van Vu, by Alexandra Kilburn
“It was very sad to have to leave. Very hard. It is a sad memory when you wake up one morning and you leave everything behind.”– Y Van Vu, in a 2004 interview with The Times-Picayune, about his departure from Vietnam. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Walker Percy, by Maddie Stratton
“Walker Percy was a writer. He was, of course, many other things: father, grandfather, Catholic, conversationalist, Saints fan, golfer. But most of his energy was devoted to writing. In many ways, his writings remind us of parables. Sometimes it was hard to get his point. But for all their subtlety, his stories were powerful and moving.” — the Rev. Tom Clancy, in eulogizing Walker Percy in 1990.
(excerpt from Nola.com)
Kermit Ruffins: BBQ Swinger, by Gabriel Flores
“(Louis Armstrong) really, really led one of America’s true art forms. He was really the cherry on top of New Orleans music. And now I see it being passed on to younger kids, and for me to have a role in that and to maybe do the things he did is so spiritual to me.” — Kermit Ruffins. (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.