When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Lower 9th Ward was hit the hardest, with many homes, businesses and schools getting completely destroyed. Today, the area is slowly rebuilding, and one of the first signs of normalcy is the reopening of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology. Peter talks with principal Doris Hicks and Patricia Jones, a parent and director of a resident-based community development organization, about the intense community effort to reopen the school, just two years after the storm.
Peter also talks about the school's ongoing need for financial support and the contributions made by Oprah's Angel Network to supply the school's library with books. Doris says, so far, with help from the government and individual contributors, many of the students and staff who were at the school pre-Katrina have returned. Patricia says the school is truly a beacon of hope for the 9th Ward. "If you do not have a school in the community, it is dead, so we needed to fight for it," she says.
Published on January 01, 2008