Street Renamed to Honor Dr. Norman C. Francis

Eric Connerly Data News Weekly Contributor

The City of New Orleans is continuing to turn the page on a legacy of racial strife and division.

In a recent move to change the names of streets named for confederates and slave owners; Jefferson Davis Parkway officially have renamed Norman C. Francis Parkway. Who served as President of Xavier University for nearly 50 years.

Throughout his storied life he’s been a leader that’s brought people together in the spirit of unity and promoted the idea of Black Excellence, leading Xavier to become on the top HBCU’s in the nation.

It is befitting that a man who’s dedicated his life to education and uplifting the entire New Orleans community will now have a street that bears his name.

“I’m grateful to be named on the street, but I’m hoping that also says to the people who drive by, walk by, that we’re all one,” said Francis. “We need to stay one. Being one together, we can make this a much better City,” said Francis in an interview on local NBC affiliate WDSU-TV.

Francis is one who’s received many honors in his long and purposeful life; that includes being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.

His life and legacy are one that continues to inspire those pursuing a life of purpose and service to others. This re-naming a street is a reminder that the heroes of the City of New Orleans includes people from all areas of the community.

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New Orleans Schools Go Back to Distance Learning

Data News Staff Edited Report

In the Public Schools of New Orleans, it was recently announced that they will go back to “distance learning” this week because of rising COVID-19 cases in the City.

The City’s School System said Monday that all pre-K through Grade 12 classes will go online by no later than January 6, 2021.
The school year began with the Public School System in New Orleans doing remote learning then returned to in-class learning that began back in September.

Superintendent Henderson Lewis said in a statement that a spike in positive cases in the City prompted the “unfortunate but necessary” decision to go back to distance learning.

The move comes a week after the City tightened virus-related restrictions on public gatherings and again ended indoor service at bars.

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