THE ICON: C.C. Dejoie Sr.
THE LEGACY: New Orleans of the 1920s wasn’t short of newspapers. There was the Item, there was The Morning Tribune, there was The Times-Picayune, The Daily States and others. What was missing, however, was a newspaper dedicated to representing the city’s black community. That changed in September 1925 when prominent local businessman C.C. Dejoie Sr. and business partner O.C.W. Taylor founded what would become The Louisiana Weekly. Under Dejoie’s leadership, the Weekly would go on to become a widely respected authority on civil rights issues, doggedly challenging Jim Crow laws, highlighting injustice — and, in the process, providing a much-needed voice for New Orleans’ black population.
THE ARTIST: Queen Hope Parker
THE INSPIRATION: “As long as we see racial injustice, economic exploitation, public corruption, unconstitutional policing and other practices and policies that violate the human and constitutional rights of men, women and children, we will continue to fight the good fight.” — Renette Dejoie-Hall, publisher of The Louisiana Weekly, in 2014.