The state of black New Orleans during the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina will be examined during a conference, “Rise: Katrina 10,” to be held Aug. 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.

The conference will be presented by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans in partnership with the National Urban League.

General admission is free; tickets to the Rise: Katrina 10 luncheon on Aug. 26 are $100, and tickets to the gala on Aug. 27 are $500. For information and to register, visit

The commemorative conference will provide a platform for a cross-section of community members and civic and industry leaders to participate in informative and engaging sessions that address critical issues affecting communities of color post-Katrina. Topics will include education, housing, workforce and economic development, criminal justice, health care, environmental justice, disaster preparedness and civic engagement in post-Katrina New Orleans.

“The theme of the conference, ‘RISE: Katrina 10,’ symbolizes the continual growth in our city’s re-emergence,” said Erika McConduit-Diggs, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. “While there will be many worthy commemorations taking place throughout the city, the goal of this conference is to substantively evaluate the last decade and make systemic recommendations for continued improvement for all New Orleanians.”

The framework for the conference will be the “State of Black New Orleans: 10 Years Post Katrina” report, which will be released at the beginning of the conference. The publication will include essays, editorials and research by local scholars and will produce a clear set of recommendations for the continued recovery and development of New Orleans in a more equitable and sustainable manner.

Research partners for the “State of Black New Orleans “publication include: The Data Center, Dillard University, Xavier University, Tulane University, Loyola University, Southern University of New Orleans, the University of New Orleans and the Urban League Washington Bureau.