New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the people of the city she represents are everything and the part of her job that brings her most joy. “What brings me the most joy about being the Mayor of the city of New Orleans, a world-class city, no other city in the world in my opinion and truly in the United States of America, is the culture that is reflected in the people in the city,” she extolled to ESSENCE. “My greatest joy is representing the people of the city, knowing that I’m the people’s mayor in the city, from community organizer to New Orleans city councilwoman and now mayor.” Cantrell first fell in love with the Big Easy when she arrived in 1990 as a student at Xavier University of Louisiana.
February 19, 2019
Wife, daughter, sister and advocate for change don’t even begin to describe Xavier alum Alisha Shelton, who - in this 21st century - is only the second woman of color to run for United States Senate in the state of Nebraska.Alumni News
New Orleans native and Xavier alum, Raymond J. Williams made a mark on black history when his unit was the first to integrate the American military. Williams joined the United States Marine Corps during a time when the Marines were still heavily segregated. He served as a Corporal in the all-black Montford Point Marines during World War II. The Montford Point Marines were the black men who enlisted in the Marines from 1942-1949, stationed near Montford Point in Jackson, North Carolina.Alumni News