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Loyola law student pens award-winning book

October 23, 2009

A book co-authored by a first-year law student at Loyola University New Orleans has received the 2009 Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Leadership in Journalism Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

“Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond,” was co-authored by Loyola student D’Ann Penner and Keith C. Ferdinand, M.D. Former United States President Jimmy Carter wrote the book’s foreword.

“Overcoming Katrina” is a collection of first-hand experiences from 27 New Orleanians as they fought to survive Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. It asks why New Orleans matters, from the perspectives of residents who lived, loved, worked and celebrated life and death there, before being scattered across the country.

“Stories of tragedy, courage, racism, hope, abandonment, inspiration, depression, neighborhood and struggle are all in this book,” says professor Bill Quigley, director of Loyola’s Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, and legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City.

“This book will take your breath away. If you are going to read only one Katrina book, make it this one. You will never think of New Orleans, Katrina or the United States the same way again.”

Penner is also a scholar-in-residence at the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University. She holds a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ferdinand is an adjunct clinical professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, clinical professor in the cardiology division at Emory University, and chief science officer of the Association of Black Cardiologists, in Atlanta. He is also the founder of Heartbeats Life Center, a cardiology clinic and human rights organization based in New Orleans’ 9th Ward.

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