The event began with a special screening of excerpts from the National Geographic film Deadly Floods. Following the screening, the Katrina survivor featured in the film, Imani Williams, shared an emotional speech on her struggles during and after the storm. Lynette Norris Wilkinson, author of the award-winning book UNTOLD: The New Orleans 9th Ward You Never Knew (www.HurricaneKatrinaStories.com) spoke and signed copies of her book, which tells the true stories of 16 survivors from the devastated Lower 9th Ward where she grew up. Several survivors featured in the book were present to answer questions and share additional insight. New Orleans native, choreographer and performing artist Michelle Gibson gave the history of the New Orleans Second Line dance before leading the audience to participate, accompanied by a brass band.
Vicki Meek, director of the South Dallas Cultural Center, a sponsor for the event, served as emcee. Participants and sponsors for the event received a proclamation from the City of New Orleans and its mayor for their participation and efforts in the commemoration of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to Ms. Meek, recipients include Lynette Norris Wilkinson; Imani Williams; Michelle Gibson; The Dallas Weekly; The Brass Band; David’s Seafood Grill in Cedar Hill; The Big Easy New Orleans Style Sandwiches in Plano; Barnes and Noble Creekwalk Village in Plano; Red Lobster in Duncanville;
Note to editor: Photos available here (http://hurricanekatrinastories.com/