Katrina event highlights those who have not yet recovered from the storm

Katrina event highlights those who have not yet recovered from the storm
A presentation of great, and not so great, recovery aspects of Katrina was displayed. (Image Source: WLOX News)
A presentation of great, and not so great, recovery aspects of Katrina was displayed. (Image Source: WLOX News)

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Steps Coalition hosted a Katrina remembrance event at the Biloxi Civic Center on Monday night. While it was aimed at bringing the community together 10 years later, there was also a focus on just how much certain parts of the community have really recovered.

It was a potluck style gathering featuring cultural cuisines, but that was only a small part of what made this Katrina event unique.

"People in communities all along the Coast were resilient, but resiliency doesn't amount to recovery, and that's kind of the message we wanted to make sure to lift up," said Jennifer Crosslin, who is a community organizer with Steps.

A large display was set up in the back, showcasing some of the great and not so great parts of South Mississippi's recovery. The Mississippi Center for Justice assisted in that presentation.

"We point out in some of our exhibits tonight that millions went to projects labeled economic development that were far from the strike zone of Hurricane Katrina," said Matt Williams, with the Mississippi Center for Justice.

The Steps Coalition, which serves low-income and minority communities, also wanted to highlight the stories of those who are not fully recovered a decade after the storm. They played a game called the resiliency and recovery rucksack.

"Basically, it's about unpacking inequity and recovery. So, there are a lot of things that certain people start off with or resources that they have that other people don't have, and this really makes a difference in the recovery process," said Crosslin.

There was also a series of speakers that included community leaders who assisted in the recovery along with residents, like Rob Retting, who have vivid stories to tell.

"It was amazingly depressing today just glancing through some of my photos to bring along tonight to share with the people here. In fact, it was depressing to the point where I kind of quit and said well we'll just wing it," said Retting.

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