Speaking Engagements

As a community activist who is qualified to speak and inspire community involvement, Leona Tate has an extensive experience directing, hosting and providing workshops and seminars in the community as well as being a guest speaker for schools and universities. In 1960, she was a participant in the Civil Rights movement being one of the first to desegregate an all-white public school in the South. In 2009, Leona Tate created the Leona Tate Foundation for Change to continue educating the public, in particular young people, on the lessons of civil rights and minorities’ struggle for equality. As the executive director of the Foundation and with the support of the board of directors and advisory boards, Leona Tate is also the inspiration and director of the Foundation’s lead project: the preservation and redevelopment of McDonogh #19.

Her speaking engagements address Civil Rights Movement, public school desegregation, community engagement, racial equality and education equality topics.

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Previous 2017 speaking engagements:
April 27th, 2017 at Tulane University School of Social work, New Orleans, Louisiana.
April 5th, 2017 at UNO department History (Video interview), New Orleans, Louisiana.
April 3th, 2017 at Fort Worth Country Day School, Fort Worth, Texas.
March 29th, 2017: phone interview with Lusher Middle School students, New Orleans, Louisiana.
March 12th, 2017 at the US Military Army Reserve Lakefront Base.
March 2nd, 2017: email interview with an American School of Yaounde student.
January 26th, 2017 at St Charles Parish Satellite Center School (Video interview), Luling, Louisiana.
January 19th, 2017 at Adinkra Nola, New Orleans, Louisiana.
January 9th, 2017 in New Orleans with Macalester College students, St Paul, Minnesota.

“Your presentation at my school was greatly appreciated by many students and I would like to express that for my peers. I attend a very fortunate school where many of the students do not have to suffer through anything near what you did. I believe your presentation had an impact on our view of the world around us because your narrative helped us to realize how much has been changed and how much more needs to be changed. I truly believe that my generation will continue to carry out the legacy of yours because of people like you that desire to have such a strong change to better society. In all of my years at Country Day I have never seen a presenter like you. You spoke with such a vivid recollection of those moments and with such passionate love for all that has helped you thus far. Thank you so much.” – An 8th grade Country Day student, July 2017.

Leona Tate speaks to GT Woods students,
March 5, 2015