New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Named Recipient of 2018 JFK Profile in Courage Award - NECN


The latest news from around the state

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Named Recipient of 2018 JFK Profile in Courage Award



    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Named Recipient of 2018 JFK Profile in Courage Award
    Getty Images
    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Mitchell Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, La., participates in a session on economic equity, during the 86th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been named the 2018 winner of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his leadership in removing four Confederate monuments in the city.

    The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced Tuesday that in addition to taking the monuments down, Landrieu offered "clear and compassionate reflections on the moment and its place in history."

    "Mayor Landrieu turned a difficult and divisive issue into an opportunity to reflect on our nation’s history and to recommit ourselves to our founding principles of equality and justice. The Mayor explained what the monuments represent — a dark chapter in our history that should neither be forgotten, misunderstood nor glorified," said President Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg. "In a year marked by continued racial injustice, in a moment of misguided national leadership and heightened division, Mayor Landrieu’s courage stands out brightly as an affirmative step in the right direction. President Kennedy believed that at its best, politics was a noble profession — Mayor Landrieu is living proof of that bold proposition."

    Schlossberg is scheduled to present the award at a ceremony on May 20 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

    Trump Responds to Putin Summit Criticism

    [NATL] Trump Responds to Putin Summit Criticism

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he misspoke during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Trump said he does "accept" the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Trump also said he needed to clarify that he didn't see a reason why the meddling "wouldn't be Russia." Trump had said the opposite a day earlier, prompting bipartisan backlash.

    (Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018)

    The award has been presented annually since 1989 to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences. It is named for Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Profiles in Courage."

    Get the latest from necn anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android