In a guest editorial in this week's Louisiana Weekly - Your Community. Your Newspaper, Ronald Childs, a Chicago-based journalist, encourages alumni of historically-black colleges and universities (HBCU's) to get involved in Habitat for Humanity to rebuild the communities of the Gulf Coast.
HBCU alumni, it's our move. It's long past time to show the world another image. There are 30 black colleges and universities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama alone, which means that there are thousands of black college students, administrators and alumni associations in those states that can work jointly to affect change. We should be partnering with affected residents and each other, establishing funds, raising money and forming crews to help remove debris and rebuild homes and communities in the region. Phone your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, or Habitat for Humanity International (in Americus, Georgia), volunteer and let's get it started.
Mr. Childs' article also focuses on the disappointing media coverage that beset post-Katrina New Orleans, and it gathers the unfortunate comments of politicians and national figures regarding the aftermath of the hurricane. But it has a positive message as well -- the Crescent City will rise again!