Fri, 11/18: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM CST
Room: Grand Ballroom C - 5th Floor
This session will be live streamed and recorded for viewing after the convention until December 31, 2022.
On January 5, 2022, near the site where Homer Plessy illegally boarded a train to challenge Louisiana's "separate but equal" train law, Governor John Bel Edwards posthumously pardoned Homer Plessy. The 45-minute ceremony included speeches by Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson, descendants of the two individuals named in the case. A musical performance by a descendant of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, the only dissenter in the decision, completed the list of people with ties to the case. This panel explores the planning behind the ceremony and the rhetorical strategies with an on people, liberation, advocacy, community, and environment.
African American Communication and Culture Division
NCA First Vice President
Political Communication Division