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Mitch Landrieu

Former Mayor, New Orleans; Author, "In the Shadow of Statues"
As mayor of New Orleans from 2010 to 2018, Mitch Landrieu gained national prominence for being “America’s top turnaround mayor” (Politico) for his handling of Hurricane Katrina recovery and the BP oil spill as well as for his powerful decision to take down four Confederate monuments in New Orleans, which earned him the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. In his New York Times bestselling book, In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, Landrieu recounts his personal journey confronting racism, and tackles the broader history of slavery, race relations, and institutional inequalities that still plague America. He recently launched the E Pluribus Unum Fund, which will work to bring people together across the South around the issues of race, equity, economic opportunity, and violence.