In praise of Moon Landrieu, politicians offer these tributes to the late mayor of New Orleans | Local policy
US and Louisiana politicians, including one of his successors, reacted to Moon Landrieu’s death on Monday by praising him as a champion of civil rights and pointing to his mayoral terms in the 1970s as a defining era for the New Orleans.
“He served with unwavering integrity throughout his long and storied career in public service – particularly as Mayor of New Orleans, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Judge on the Court of Appeals of Louisiana,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards, who ordered state flags to be flown at mid-staff.
“Moon was never afraid to be the man in the arena.”
Moon Landrieu was a courageous and defining voice for Louisiana and her beloved hometown of New Orleans. As a newly elected member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, he was the only member to vote against a 1960 bill that sought to defy federal orders of integration. #lagov https://t.co/0tWgjTYpP0
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) September 5, 2022
Mary Landrieu, the former U.S. senator and her daughter, said, “His life has been a true blessing to our family, New Orleans and our nation. It would be difficult to identify a man with more integrity and a sense of duty.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Landrieu is as “closely tied to the city of New Orleans as anyone in its beloved history.”
“A civil rights pioneer and dedicated public servant, Landrieu’s vision for urban politics helped shape this city, and the racial coalitions he built in the face of division continue to inspire generations,” Cantrell said.
City Council Speaker Helena Moreno highlighted the legacy of service in Moon Landrieu’s family, which includes a U.S. senator, former judge, attorneys and a son, Mitch Landrieu, who was New York’s 45th mayor. -Orleans.
“Moon never ceased to serve, mentoring countless civic and political leaders, lending his time and attention to causes here at home and around the world,” Moreno said.
Council Vice President JP Morrell celebrated Landrieu’s civil rights record.
“He was not just a great mayor, but an advocate for black residents in an unprecedented time when pushing for equality was unfashionable,” Morrell said.
“He lobbied to ban remnants of segregation, remove the Confederate flag from council chambers, and actively sought out and appointed black residents to high-ranking positions in city government, including the CAO,” added Morrell.
Other reactions poured in from New Orleans and Louisiana.
Reverend Justin Daffron, Acting President, Loyola University: “Loyola is grateful to have been a part of former Mayor Landrieu’s life. His legacy is a great teacher for all of us to work towards social change that will create a fairer world for all.
Reverend James Carter, Chairman Emeritus, Loyola: “My earliest memory of Moon is when I was at Spring Hill College and he was throwing Loyola at us on the mound. My lasting memory was Moon and Verna kneeling in the pews at Mass in the chapel of the Ursuline Academy, where he prayed weekly. It amazed me that as eloquent as he was, he never prepared remarks. He had an ingenious mind and a good sense of humor. He was a good friend, a good mayor and a good Catholic.
Shaun Ferguson, New Orleans Police Commissioner: “On behalf of the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department, I want to express our deepest condolences to the Landrieu family on the passing of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu. He led this city with an open heart and mind, and helped raise the voices of many who would come to serve this city with distinction.
As elected leaders, we often think about what our legacy will be. I always strive to do the most impactful work, tackling the kinds of issues that will be felt for generations. Moon Landrieu was an ally and helped break down barriers for people of color… https://t.co/vkycGVVvq6
— Royce Duplessis (@RoyceDuplessis) September 5, 2022
Mayor Moon Landrieu was a champion of progress for the city of New Orleans. In his inaugural address, he said, “New Orleans can be a city of hope, a city that illuminates the great opportunities of urban America.” (1/2) https://t.co/qeepAcOm7z
— Judge Karen Herman (@electkherman) September 5, 2022