About New Orleans
The Annual Convention was held in New Orleans, Louisiana twice before, in 1937 and in 1986. As we celebrate our 99th Anniversary and prepare for our 100th Anniversary, I ask that we come to know and honor the history and people of New Orleans. It will help guide and lead our learning at ACPA23.
New Orleans is the original homelands of the Chitimacha and Choctaw nations and their ancestors. Initially named by the Choctaw as Bulbancha or a “place of many tongues,” the land served as a vibrant location for trading among many indigenous nations. Following a long history of genocide and forced removal, today, about 2,700 Indigenous people reside in the New Orleans area.The land of New Orleans is also significant site of slavery. For centuries the region’s seaports and lands contributed to the violent transportation, exploitation and enslavement of Black people and within the United States
Further, we cannot engage New Orleans without acknowledging the impact of the Hurricane Katrina. This category 5 storm not only created an immediate emergency in 2005 but also left a legacy of devastating land damage, loss of life, housing displacement and exapparated economic strain across the region. Black and Brown communities in New Orleans were particularly impacted by delayed government response, subjected to race and class-biased media coverage as well as hyper-policing and criminalization.
ACPA is committed to the ACPA23 Convention advancing issues of social justice and taking action in alignment with ACPA’s Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization. It is in this solidarity and action we will bring together new and returning members of our community to reflect, engage, and continue to build our capacity to boldly transform higher education.