When: August 29, 2005

Where: Louisiana

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and Southern Mississippi, leaving thousands of people homeless as almost a million homes were destroyed. The most heavily affected areas were Black communities in the Lower Ninth Ward who were left without water, housing and healthcare as the Bush administration and FEMA’s response was slow. The event resulted in long lasting socioeconomic devastation in the area and on the communities whose lives were forever changed.


Further Reading:

Bullard, Robert D. and Beverly Wright. Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to reclaim, rebuild and revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Boulder: Westview Press, 2009.

Hartman, Chester W. and Gregory D. Squires. There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Levitt, Jeremy I and Matthew C. Whitaker. Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

National Geographic. “Doomed New Orleans: Hurricane Katrina | National Geographic.” August 29, 2012.

The New York Times. “Hurricane Katrina Aftermath: In the Shadow | Retro Report | The New York Times.” October 28, 2013.

Smith, James Patterson. Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012.

Voorhees, Courte C., Vick, John and Douglas D. Perkins. “’Came Hell and high water’: The intersection of Hurricane Katrina, the News Media, Race and Poverty.” Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 17, no. 6 (2007): 415-429.