Mayor White snags JFK Profile in Courage Award


Mayor Bill White won the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award this week for making “courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences” during the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

This year’s Profile in Courage award is also being awarded to Doris Voitier, Superintendent of Schools for St. Bernard Parish, LA who re-built and re-opened public schools in the hurricane’s aftermath. From Bill White’s press release:

“Mayor Bill White and Doris Voitier demonstrated tremendous courage in the face of extraordinary odds and they serve as an inspiration to us all,” said Caroline Kennedy, President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. “Mayor White’s quick actions evacuating thousands of families displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita most certainly helped to save lives. Despite insurmountable odds, Doris Voitier rebuilt the schools of St. Bernard Parish, making sure the children of her community had a place to learn and grow when they returned home. They are both true profiles in courage.”

This is really cool news and reflects well on the city’s efforts as well. Thanks to Ed Schipul for the linkie!

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