New Orleans Journalist Publishes History of Blacks In New Orleans

SILVER SPRING, MD – Jan 21, 2016 – Most of the world has seen pictures of the devastation of New Orleans after being hit by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. 

But few know about the storied history of that famed city. And yet fewer are aware of the complicated and fascinating connection that black Americans have had with the celebrated town.

James B.Borders IV has compiled a chronological history disclosing the pivotal African-American names, events and locations in “Marking Time, Making Place: An Essential Chronology of Blacks in New Orleans Since 1718.” Beckham Publications Group ( released the book in December. It’s available in paperback and eBook format at Amazon ( and at major bookstores.

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“New Orleans is one of the most Africanized spaces in North America,” says Borders, adding, “it’s a fascinating repository of black life.” It was named in honor of the Duke of Orleans, who was governing France on behalf of the boy king, Louis XV.

Borders says, “The history of New Orleans is filled also with moments of retrospective significance of which we all should be cognizant, especially as the city heads toward the 300th anniversary of its founding.”

Marking Time, Making Place: An Essential Chronology of Blacks in New Orleans Since 1718, by James B. Borders IV; Publication Date: December 15, 2015; 220 pages, $19.95,  6 X 9, paperback; ISBN 978-0-9905904-8-4; available at Amazon:

About James B. Borders IV

Borders, a celebrated journalist, was editor of the Black Collegian magazine and the New Orleans Tribune, and was managing director of the National Black Arts Festival. He is a graduate of Brown University where he also received his master’s degree and co-founded Rites & Reason Theater, considered to be the first black-oriented dramaturgical group in the Ivy League. He lives in New Orleans.

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About Beckham Publications Group

Beckham Publications Group, Inc. ( is a major Internet publisher specializing in cutting edge and multicultural titles. Founder and president Barry Beckham is a novelist whose works have been critically acclaimed by the New York Times Book Review and was director of the graduate writing program at Brown University where he taught for 17 years.

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