Gulf Coast Marks 8th Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina

Source: Melanie Eversley / USA Today

Thursday marked the eighth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina bulldozed New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,800, tearing holes in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and forcing a huge group of mostly impoverished people to take shelter for days at the convention center.

Civil rights leaders at the time condemned what they called the neglect of those at the convention center who, already grieving for lost loved ones, lived with overflowing restrooms, lack of food and water and stifling heat for days.

This week, those civil rights leaders were focused on the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington. The Katrina milestone is passing in small ways, but ways that are significant to the affected communities.

In New Orleans, a group of elected officials, community activists and religious leaders gathered Wednesday to urge rebuilding of the state’s coastline and called attention to the impact of climate change, according to The Times-Picayune.

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