NEW ORLEANS—On Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, the Carrollton Circle of the Welcome Table New Orleans (WTNO)—Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s citywide initiative focused on race, reconciliation and community building—will unveil a newly-constructed seating area on the neutral ground at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Cleveland Avenue called the Equity Circle. At 2 p.m., the entire community is invited to participate in the unveiling of the Equity Circle.
In collaboration with the Department of Parks and Parkways, the Equity Circle is designed to bring together diverse groups of New Orleanians to share stories and experiences, build relationships and learn from each other. The Equity Circle will create a more attractive neutral ground for the community and enhance the beauty of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. It will bring residents of all backgrounds and experiences together for one reason—to create a better, stronger New Orleans.
“We applaud the Welcome Table New Orleans Carrollton Circle for their inspiring efforts to tackle the issues of race, reconciliation and community through this citywide initiative,” said Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse. “Their vision of creating an Equity Circle for the community to discuss life experiences and share stories to build relationships highlights the importance of focusing on what connects us instead of what divides us. We are confident that this Equity Circle will raise awareness of the need for racial reconciliation and create discussion around working and building together.”
This Carrollton Circle project is one of eight Circle Projects being developed by WTNO whose mission is to foster relationship building and work for positive social change. The hope is that through partnership and positive conversation in this landscaped seating area, New Orleans will continue to move toward racial reconciliation for all residents.
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