CARL GALMON 2018-11-26T12:23:00-05:00

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THE ICON: Carl Galmon

THE LEGACY: With a commanding presence and a resonant voice that routinely delivered diatribes, Carl Galmon for years was a fixture at Orleans Parish School Board meetings, where he regularly went over the three-minute limit on comments and didn’t seem to care whom he offended. For instance, Galmon said the creation of Benjamin Franklin High School, a highly selective public magnet school, was an act of racism and that African-Americans who didn’t embrace his views were “misguided Negroes.” But he did get results, including winning the implementation of an African-studies program in public schools and the renaming of schools that had been named for slaveholders. Galmon was also the moving force behind a change in admissions criteria for magnet schools that resulted in test scores being given equal weight with essays and recommendations from previous schools. In a 1998 Times-Picayune interview, Mark Doherty, a former school board member, said, “You can say this about him: He’s no hypocrite, and he’s dogged in pursuit of what he believes.”

THE ARTIST: Queen Hope Parker

THE INSPIRATION: “People around here try to put icing on the truth. When I tell the truth I don’t care who it hurts. I’m sorry that it does hurt, but it’s true.” — Carl Galmon, in a 1998 profile in The Times-Picayune