CHERISHED MEMORIES takes a memorable journey back to New Orleans of the 1950s. Professor Beverly Jacques Anderson shares stories from her childhood and from her elementary school classmates, providing a fascinating look at the experience of growing up in the Creole culture of the Seventh Ward of New Orleans. This culture indelibly shaped the character, personality, and aspirations of Anderson and her elementary school classmates, many of whom became hard working, family-oriented, service–oriented, productive, self-assured citizens.
Creole culture in the Seventh Ward was rooted in close family ties, hard work, creativity, high expectations, independence, the Golden Rule, Catholicism, shared language/manner of speaking, and a shared sense of belonging to a unique community. Teachers, parents, and principals—all African Americans—valued education and set high standards for student achievement. According to interviews with twelve of the author’s classmates, these beliefs, along with the unwavering support of parents and teachers, helped to produce competitive individuals in all walks of life. The Creole culture was also rooted in racial, ethnic, and religious segregation that affected individuals in surprising ways.
Anderson also examines the history of public and Catholic education for children of color in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans and addresses the impact of the school on the community and vice versa.
Explore this fascinating community and its educational history with Cherished Memories.
Beverly Jacques Anderson, PhD, held several research, consulting, administrative, and academic positions, including project director for the National Research Council’s Mathematical Sciences Education Board, and provost, founding dean, department chair, and professor of mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia, before retiring in 2009. Dr. Anderson has been an active member of several nonprofit boards and service organizations for more than thirty years. She and her husband, Ronald L. Anderson, MD, reside in Fort Washington, Maryland, near their three children and their families.
Louis, as usual you take my breath away! This shows one of the many parts of New Orleans often ohrosvadewed by the lack of infrastructure and general corruption: the culture. While I am glad of the break while here in Cincinnati for the next few years there are those things that have made the multiple funerals and atmosphere of PSTD bearable. The Mardi Gras Indians are high on that list. Thanks for sharing these pictures as I spend the weekend unpacking rather than working for WWOZ at the Fest!BTW, I've already got the local coffee shop around the corner playing Wild Magnolias in the shop. Expanding the franchise, baby!