August 26, 2015
Darryl Kilbert, development coordinator for Louisiana Building Economic Security Together (LABEST), served as one of five Education Town Hall panelists during the New Orleans Urban League's Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary Commemorative conference on August 26.
Kilbert discussed education equity as a link to wealth building and economic security for all citizens, especially those who have had to rebuild their lives following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to joining the LABEST team, Kilbert has been an educator for 35 years and served as the Orleans Parish School superintendent. He is also vice president and commissioner of the St. John the Baptist Parish Housing Authority.
The theme of the conference "RISEKatrina 10," symbolizes the continued growth in New Orleans and the city’s unwavering ability to survive despite tragedy. The goal of the RISE: Katrina 10 conference is to bring together a cross-section of community members, civic, industry, and national leaders to discuss the growth, potential and future of New Orleans. While the focus is on taking a comprehensive look at the city’s renewal since Hurricane Katrina, attention is given to three featured topics and events: The State of Black New Orleans, a publication released by ULGNO to examine various areas in New Orleans’ recovery and rebuilding; an Education Town Hall, a discussion of post-Katrina reforms in the K-12 sector; and the 2015 Annual Gala; a celebration and recognition of “Katrina Heroes.” The conference also featured different plenary sessions in various content areas including criminal justice, civic engagement, health, housing, economic and workforce development, environmental justice, living with water, Blacks in education, higher education, and educational equity.