Advisory Board

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Mr. Robert Lynn Green, Sr. 


Robert Lynn Green, Sr. is 54 years old, a son of a single mother, a father to five wonderful children, and a grandparent to five.  He is a long time resident of the Lower Ninth Ward and has lived there for 42 years.  Green is a graduate of St. Olaf college, class of 1977 with a B.A. of Arts degree in economics with a concentration in accounting. He has been a tax accountant by profession for the past 35 years. After losing his mother Joyce and grand daughter Shanai during Katrina, Green has rededicated his life to their memory and is determined to rebuild the neighborhood in which they gave their lives. He is an ambassador of good will for the Lower Ninth Ward, activist, and host to many volunteers, travelers and students, and the mayor of Tennessee Street.

Mrs. Leona Tate

leona tateLeona Tate is a Lower Ninth Ward historical figure, community organizer and legend. On November 14, 1960, at the age of six, she entered into the civil rights movement when she and two other African-American girls integrated McDonogh No. 19 Elementary School, in the Lower Ninth Ward. For Leona and many others in the city, this day played a pivotal role in the pursuit to build a unified New Orleans. Since that day, she has played a pivotal role in the community, and founded the Leona Tate Foundation For Change, a local organization that strives to educate the public, in particular the younger generation, regarding lessons of the civil rights movement and its impact on human rights efforts throughout the world.

Mr. Malik Rahim

Common Ground Collective, Malik Rahim, Hurricane Katrina, The Times-Picayune, Kathy AndersonBorn and raised in Algiers, Louisiana, Malik Rahim is a former member of the Black Panther Party, a long time housing and prison activist, community organizer and frequent Green Party candidate. He changed the course of his life after the human-made disaster following Hurricane Katrina, by founding Common Ground Collective, a relief organization that served over half a million New Orleans residents in the wake of the storm.


Ms. Jennifer Abraham Cramer 


Jennifer Abraham Cramer is the Director of Louisiana State University’s T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, where she manages multiple ongoing staff and partner projects and oversees the processing, preservation, digitization, and public access of the Center’s 4,000 hours of audio recordings (which includes the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum Oral History Collection).  She is the creator and executive producer of the Center’s podcast, “What Endures”,  and currently serves as the media review editor for The Oral History Review.

Ms. Reone Watts

 reoneReone Watts was born and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward, and graduated from Frederick A. Douglass Senior High School (right around the corner from where the Living Museum is now). She is the Founder and President of For The Youth New Orleans, a local non-profit that runs weekly after school programming for neighborhood kids, out of the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum.