ALBERT W. DENT 2018-09-12T12:27:47-05:00

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THE ICON: Albert W. Dent

THE LEGACY: There are those who fought America’s civil rights fight in the streets. There are those who fought it at lunch counters. Albert W. Dent, who would become one of New Orleans’ most respected and accomplished black leaders of the civil rights era, led a quieter, more deliberate fight, but one that was nonetheless effective. As the president of Dillard University for 28 years, as the mastermind behind Flint-Goodridge Hospital‘s famed “penny-a-day” insurance plan, as a founder of the United Negro College Fund and a member of a litany of civic boards, he would win the trust and admiration not just of the city’s black population but also of its white establishment. That unique position allowed him to effect change from the inside, a task he undertook with tirelessness, dignity and determination. “When does this stop?,” he was once asked amid his efforts to integrate local Boy Scout troops. Dent’s simple, telling response: “It doesn’t stop.”

THE ARTIST: Queen Hope Parker

THE INSPIRATION: “While there must be someone sitting in at a lunch counter, there has to be another person sitting somewhere else at the same time, talking with the people in power and deciding how best to work out the problem. That was the role I chose, and, for me, it proved the most effective way of helping.” — Albert W. Dent, in a 1974 interview with The Times-Picayune