The death of human rights pioneer and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, last Thursday, December 5, hit home with people around the world. His life’s work, and dedication to human equality and justice for people of color, is felt especially in cities like New Orleans, where large numbers of people of African descent reside.
Many in Louisiana have shared the same struggles as Mandela and those in South Africa, and regard him as a true leader and role model. In the rooted spiritual tradition of celebrating one’s final homegoing — the transition to the spirit world — through a second line, New Orleanians will honor the life and work of Nelson Mandela this Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.
Renowned New Orleans jazz trumpeter James Andrews (also Trombone Shorty’s big brother), who is organizing the New Orleans Second Line for Nelson Mandela, will lead the parade. Although he states that a number of traditional second line musicians and other culture-bearers have been asked to participate, the full roster of names is not yet confirmed. More information will be posted here in the coming two days, as it becomes available.
The New Orleans Second Line for Nelson Mandela begins on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at Jackson Square. The procession will roll through the French Quarter and Tremé until it disbands at Andrews’ recently-opened venue, the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar (1931 Orleans Ave) in Tremé at approximately 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.