Community Engagement June 5 2019

NEW ORLEANS --- Xavier University President Reynold Verret today released the following statement on the passing of the "Queen of Creole Cuisine" Mrs. Leah Chase:

“Leah Chase was a vital force of equality in our great City. Not only did she feed countless locals and visitors, she nourished the souls of those fighting for civil rights. Through her culinary gift and elevation of service, she built bridges of humanity within our community that transcend boundaries of place or status,” said President Verret. "Mrs. Chase, by her person and through the havens she offered to those such as African American teamsters during the Civil Rights movement, effectively moved the mountain of progress toward racial justice in our community. Her sense of ethic and belief in the worth of every person dignified the efforts of activists and leaders in the struggle against segregation.”

"Mrs. Chase’s spirit was pure music – and she captivated all audiences and cultivated the talent of generations of black artists and musicians who came through the doors of Dooky Chase. Her deep love of Xavier University, her commitment to our mission of a quality education for all marginalized people, and her patronage of the arts will continue through our future generations who will bear her legacy of service for a more just and humane society.

“Mrs. Chase will be sorely missed on earth, and her magical legacy will not soon be forgotten. My prayers, deepest condolences and my gratitude go out to her family. May her soul rest in the peace of God's holy light."


A public viewing will be held in the XU Convocation Center Saturday, June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. A celebratory program will be held at 6:00 p.m. All are invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 10, at noon at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip St.