What does an equitable New Orleans look like?

The conversation is waiting for you.

I Am New Orleans is a community-led campaign designed to inspire conversation and action to create a child-centered city. Developed in partnership with more than 30 community organizations and supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we provide a platform for residents, leaders and stakeholders to powerfully unite to advance racial equity.

We host virtual and in-person community conversations on critical issues facing children and families in New Orleans, such as racial equity, economic dignity, economic justice, early childhood education, maternal and child health, and food justice.

We host virtual and in-person community conversations on critical issues facing children and families in New Orleans, such as racial equity, economic dignity, economic justice, early childhood education, maternal and child health, and food justice.

By uplifting community voices and sharing real-life experiences and knowledge, we can visualize and realize a New Orleans where all children and families can thrive. We invite you to share your story with us and on social media using #IAmNewOrleans.

By uplifting community voices and sharing real-life experiences and knowledge, we can visualize and realize a New Orleans where all children and families can thrive. We invite you to share your story with us and on social media using #IAmNewOrleans. 

Community-Inspired Murals​

We partnered with local artist Jade Meyers to create two murals – one at the Norman Mayer Library in Gentilly and another at the Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Service Center in the Lower 9th Ward. Discover how we brought our mission and the communities’ visions to life.

Join us at the 30th Annual ESSENCE Festival of Culture, Presented by Coca-Cola

Join us for a special I Am New Orleans panel conversation, What To Do When You Can’t Be Any Louder, at the 30th annual ESSENCE Festival of Culture, presented by Coca-Cola, at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, on the Global Black Economic Forum stage at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. 

Panelists Ashley Shelton, executive director of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, and Janai Nelson, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, will make the case for why civic engagement is more important than ever and how your involvement now impacts your family and community for generations to come. Join us in person or virtually.

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Growing Together:
A Discussion on Food Equity & Accessibility

Our first in-person #IAmNewOrleans event includes youth and expert panelists, breakout sessions and ways to combat today's food challenges.

Join us for our first in-person #IAmNewOrleans event at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 3, at Langston Hughes Academy. The event will be hosted in partnership with Grow Dat Youth Farm and aims to dig deeper into the food equity challenges in New Orleans and across the U.S.

We know that food equity and accessibility disproportionately impact BIPOC communities, and during the holidays, families experience additional financial strain. The holidays are a time of celebration centered around food and drink, but for millions, food insecurity makes the season far less festive. “Growing Together: A Discussion on Food Equity & Accessibility” will be rooted in empowerment while our community experts provide unique resources and solutions for us to combat today’s food challenges.

Our city’s youth will be at the core of this event, with breakout sessions, open dialogue and opportunities to reimagine a more equitable food system for future generations. Free Lyft transportation, light food and refreshments will be provided. This is a kid-friendly event, and children of all ages are welcome.

Youth panelists from Grow Dat’s youth leadership program will facilitate the conversation alongside:

  • Pamela Broom, 7th Ward Revitalization project manager & FARMacia Wellness Hub director
  • Leticia Casildo, Familias Unidas En Acción executive director
  • Cheryl Brickley, Sankofa CDC’s Healthy HeartBeats community facilitator
  • Kim Curtis, Crown Community Garden
  • Khai Nguyen, VEGGI Farmers Cooperative

We invite you to join us and share your story using #IAmNewOrleans on your social networks.