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In response to the Covid-19 (Novel Corona Virus) pandemic the Leona Tate Foundation for Change urges you to:


As a 6-year-old, Leona Tate helped desegregate schools. Now she wants others to learn that history

Katy Reckdahl January 1, 2019

Civil Rights Pioneer & Community Advocate - Leona Tate

Leona Tate, 65, who helped to desegregate the Deep South when she was six years old. Gus Bennett/New Orleans People Project

NEW ORLEANS — Clutching a small purse, six-year-old Leona Tate walked into McDonogh 19 Elementary School here and helped to desegregate the South.

Images of that November morning in 1960 are seared into the national memory: Tate and three other little first-grade girls in white dresses and hair ribbons walking into New Orleans schools, flanked by federal marshals and heckled by hateful crowds. READ MORE.......

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1235 Deslonde Street
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(504) 220-3652

On November 14, 1960,  four courageous African American 6yr. old girls intergrated New Orleans Public Schools. The McDonogh Three - Leona Tate, Gail Etienne and Tessie Prevost (the Mcdonogh 3) were the first to be escorted by U.S. Marshals when they arrived at an all-white segregated school called McDonogh No. 19. On the same fateful morning, another six-year-old girl named Ruby Bridges integrated a second New Orleans public school called William Frantz Elementary.

The Courage of Four   

November 14, 2010 - 50th Anniversary of New Orleans Public School Desegregation

Plessy & Ferguson Foundation, the Louisiana Museum & the City of New Orleans History Marker Ceremony 


The Tate Etienne Prevost Interpretive Center 

Help support the transition of the McDonogh #19  Historical Landmark into the Tate Etienne Prevost  Interpretive Center.

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LTFC Storytellers Experience Youth Summer Camp


This 1.5-hour visit to the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum, students participated in a guided museum tour, engaged in a TEP talk with Leona Tate, and recorded their oral history. 


G.R.OW Adult


G.R.O.W Adult will be offering adult education with free classes and tutoring. The program will include mathematics, GED preparation, English reading and writing classes, and tutoring sessions. The program has now changed to appointment only. Registration begins on September 9, 2019. Contact Tremaine K. Riley for registration by phone (504) 957-7077 or email for registration questions or appointments. 

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Our foundation receives offers from many people who are interested in getting involved in the community we serve and we are truly grateful. See what areas are a match for you...

Remembering The Past While Looking Towards The Future


Tel: (504) 273-9709
P.O Box 872337 
New Orleans, LA 70117
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