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OPSO celebrates Black History Month with Employee Art Show, music and spoken word performances Feb. 20

NEW ORLEANS - 02-14-2019

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office's inaugural observance of Black History Month features an art exhibition opening Wednesday Feb. 20 at the Orleans Justice Center.

The exhibition includes some works created by employees and family members. Other employees contributed artwork by their favorite artists.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Sheriff Marlin Gusman will preside over a Black History Month Program that includes music, dance and spoken word performances.

Invited guests are Tenisha Stevens, City of New Orleans Criminal Justice Commissioner, who will deliver a message on behalf of Mayor LaToya Cantrell; and Jerome Smith, who is expected to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Sheriff Gusman for Smith's activism as a Freedom Rider that helped bring an end to segregation in interstate transportation.

Javier Brown, son of OPSO mailroom clerk Joy Brown, will read an excerpt from a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. OPSO Young Marines Corporal Shymrri McDonald, will read an original work, plus a poem by Maya Angelou. In addition, poet Habibullah Saleem will deliver a spoken word performance.

The program concludes with a performance by members of the Landry-Walker High School choir and dance team.

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