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Milvertha Hendricks, 84, center waits in the rain with other flood victims outside the convention center in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Quotes from the AP story, “Katrina, Aftermath Galvanize Black America” :

“The face, the cover has been pulled off the invisible poor.”
— Rev. Ronald E. Braxton of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.

“You’d have to go back to slavery, or the burning of black towns, to find a comparable event that has affected black people this way.”
— Darnell M. Hunt, sociologist and head of the African American studies department at UCLA

“Something about this is making people remember their own personal injustices. You don’t look at Rodney King and say, ‘I remember when I got beat up.’ But people remember being neglected, unimportant, overlooked, thought of as ‘less than.’ That’s a very common experience for black people.”
— author damali ayo, author of “How to Rent a Negro” and the kick-ass web site that takes on a whole new meaning now,

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