On November 14, 1960, at the age of six, Leona Tate entered into the civil rights movement when she and two other African-American girls integrated McDonogh No. 19 Elementary School. For Leona and many others in the city, this day played a pivotal role in the pursuit to build a unified New Orleans. In the 50 years following, there remains much to be done to improve equal access and opportunities for all in this area.
It is widely recognized that the New Orleans public school system is the lowest performing school district in Louisiana. Research finds that education is the strongest and most predictive determinant of health, socio-economic and criminal outcomes. Therefore, improving the quality and access to education can have a lasting effect on health and economics of the community