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Honoring the Lost Children of Katrina

CHICAGO, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- "We have not finished burying our children," said New Orleans Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis. This is why the Greater New Orleans Clergy for Restorative Justice (GNOCRJ) in collaboration with the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC) and Councilwoman Willard-Lewis is honoring the lost children of Katrina on August 18 and 19. Ambassador Andrew Young and a national delegation of dignitaries will join GNOCRJ and SDPC to commemorate the hundreds of children who lost their lives when the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago on August 29, 2005. Reportedly, some children have not been buried. Children will pay tribute to their classmates, a single horse-drawn carriage with a child's casket will lead the procession, and the names of children who died will be read to the public.


When: August 18 and 19, 2007

Where: On August 18, an ecumenical worship service led by the Reverend

Leona Fisher and Councilwoman Willard-Lewis begins at 12 Noon at

St. Paul's Church of God in Christ, 1020 Forstall Street.

1:30 p.m. - A carriage-drawn casket procession will begin at Forstall

Street and end at the Katrina Memorial, which is located at the base of

the Claiborne Avenue Bridge.

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Mothers and families will meet with city

officials and national dignitaries at the Martin Luther King, Jr. School

at 1617 Caffin Avenue. In addition, Ambassador Andrew Young will meet with

New Orleans ministers at the site of East Jerusalem Baptist Church,

located on Derbigny & Tennessee Streets. The physical church structure was

destroyed when the levees broke.

5:00-6:00 p.m.- The Tambourine and Fan Youth Organization will present

Ambassador Young with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award at the King

Memorial on MLK Blvd. & South Claiborne Avenue.

On August 19 - A "Prayers for Children" service will be held from 1-2 p.m.

at the Israelite Baptist Church located at 2100 MLK Blvd. The host pastor

is the Reverend Emmanuel Smith.

SOURCE Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
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