N.O. Masked Ball slated for March 14

The United Negro College Fund and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will host the second annual New Orleans Masked Ball on March 14.

Held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans at 7 p.m., the ball will celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary and civic, business and educational leaders in New Orleans who help local students through college.

Hoda Kotb of NBC’s “Today” show will be the emcee, and the R&B group Maze will perform. Food will be served by celebrity chefs John Besh, Leah Chase, Kelly Fields and Brian Landry. The evening also will include a raffle for a 2014 Nissan Maxima, presented by Premier Nissan of Metairie.

“It is a wonderful event that brings together all of us who care about making sure we continue to provide students with the education they need, and that we need them to have,” said Michael Lomax, president of the UNCF.

Last year’s ball generated $1.3 million, enough to send more than 200 young men and women to and through college, according to organizers. This year’s goal is $1 million.

To purchase event tickets or car raffle tickets or to make a donation, call (504) 581-3794 or visit www.uncf.org/nolamaskedball.

Black History Month event set for Tuesday

NOLA for Life, a New Orleans murder reduction initiative implemented by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office, will team with Delgado Community College to present a Black History Month program Tuesday.

Called “Paving the Pathway: The Essence of Social Responsibility,” the program is slated to start at 5 p.m. at Delgado’s Student Life Center.

It will include presentations by civil rights icon Doratha “Dodie” Smith-Simmons, as well as Terrence Thomas, a NOLA for Life participant; Damon Burns, founder and CEO of Munivester; and Joshua Joseph of CeaseFire New Orleans.

Those interested may RSVP to leprechter@nola.gov.

‘Fire and Fumes’ training next month

The Southeast Louisiana Coalition of the Air Conditioning Industry will present “Fire and Fumes — Home Safety Training for Homeowners and Contractors,” a panel discussion by experts on fire safety and building inspections designed to help prevent house fires, on March 3.

The purpose is to educate homeowners so they can check for code violations or other problems.

Topics will include improper installation of HVAC & water heating equipment and certain building materials.

While many of the issues relate primarily to older homes, the training is also relevant for those involved with new construction, according to organizers.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Local 60 Plumbers Hall, 2541 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

To preregister, visit selacaci.org or call (504) 488-2412.

Ceremony honors civil rights activist

On March 11, local historical and cultural groups will host a ceremony honoring black Reconstruction-era activist and newspaper publisher Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez.

The date marks the 125th anniversary of the death of Roudanez, who was born in 1823 and died in 1890.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. near the entrance to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, where Roudanez is buried. A graveside musical tribute and a blessing will precede the unveiling of a historical marker honoring him.

Roudanez, a free man of color educated in France, launched the bilingual journal L’Union, the first black newspaper in the American South, in 1862. Two years later a successor paper, the New Orleans Tribune, became the first black daily paper in the United States.

The graveside dedication will be followed by a public forum titled “History and Memory: Reclaiming the Legacy of Louis Charles Roudanez and America’s First Civil Rights Movement.” It will start at 2:30 p.m. in the nearby St. Jude Community Center, 400 N. Rampart St.

For information, contact Jari Honora at (504) 874-8838 or coincollector400@yahoo.com.