Community service awards will be presented Aug. 22 to Ivor Van Heerden, Vincent Sylvain and Pastor Brenda Square, in recognition of their contributions to racial and social justice over the past 10 years.
African American Leadership Project will present its Morris F.X. Jeff Jr. Community Service Awards during a luncheon at 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at Miracles, 3101 Bruxelles St., New Orleans. Tickets to the luncheon are $35 and are available by calling or texting (504) 452-4446.
The African-American Leadership Project is a community-based advocacy, organizing, planning, policy and consensus-building network.
Van Heerden, a former LSU hurricane scientist, is author of “The Storm,” which contributed enormously to a better public understanding of how and why the levees broke after the Hurricane Katrina, leading to substantial improvements in flood protection.
Sylvain is the founder and publisher of an electronic newsletter and information service, The New Orleans Agenda. His persistent and dedicated commitment to finding New Orleanians after the storm and reconnecting them to family, friends and former networks provided the glue that re-created a sense of community.
Square is pastor at Beecher Memorial United Church of Christ and an archival historian, formerly with the Amistad Research Center at Tulane.
She has made valiant efforts to capture and catalog the events of Katrina and changes in the city over the past decade, and has been a consistent advocate for equity and justice in the education of African-American children.