Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, usually known as Lindy Boggs (March 13, 1916-July 27, 2013) was born on the Brunswick Plantation near New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish in South Louisiana and attended Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans. Boggs was also a United States political figure who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later as ambassador to the Vatican. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana. She was also a permanent chairwoman of the 1976 Democratic National Convention, which made her the first female to preside over a major party convention. She is the widow of former House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, and the mother of three children: Cokie Roberts (a television news commentator), Tommy Boggs, (a prominent lobbyist), and the late Barbara Boggs Sigmund, a mayor of Princeton, New Jersey, and a candidate in the 1982 New Jersey Democratic senatorial primary election.
The Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy at Loyola University New Orleans opened on October 22, 1999 in Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library. The center, named for Lindy Boggs, former congresswoman and ambassador to the Vatican, was established by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Message from Executive Director:
Lindy Boggs was a great visionary and champion for literacy in the greater New Orleans area. Consistent with Loyola University’s core Jesuit value, “to think critically and act justly,” she was instrumental in bringing to fruition the plan of Loyola University and the resident leadership of public housing, to create a center that addressed the problem of low literacy in New Orleans. Today, fourteen years after the establishment of the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy here at Loyola University, we are still promoting her legacy to ensure that New Orleans becomes a more literate city and that marginalized persons use literacy as a vehicle for personal, economic and community empowerment.
She will be missed, but her legacy continues in our work for greater access and equity for all, especially for the poor.
With the utmost respect and appreciation,
Dr. Petrice Sams-Abiodun
Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy