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Shelton Alexander–When the Levees Broke September 28, 2007

Posted by The Typist in cryptical envelopment, Dancing Bear, Debrisville, Flood, flooding, Hurricane Katrina, Katrina, New Orelans, New Orleans, poem, Poetry, Rebirth, Recovery, Toulouse Street, We Are Not OK.

Update: I talked to Shelton via MySpace mail and he has no idea who put this up or why it was taken down. Sorry.

Ground truth has a face. It is Shelton Alexander’s.

I have found a new version. It’s a crappy capture but it’s Alexander’s interview and the entire speech.

I told you I would be here.
It was important that I came.



1. LisaPal - September 30, 2007

I cried on and off through most of Spike Lee’s film and just about lost it when this segment featuring Shelton Alexander came up. Terence Blanchard’s haunting soundtrack in the background puts it over the top. Sometimes I go to my gutted house, pull the tarp off the piano (the only thing remaining in the main part of the house), and play that song over and over and over. The music plus Shelton’s words and emotion are so powerful. I’m glad someone isolated this clip and grateful to you for sharing it.


2. black_mamba - October 17, 2007

Is this gonna Kill You? No i Dont Think so !


3. We Will Down the Bitch in Beauty « Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans - May 1, 2008

[…] We Will Down the Bitch in Beauty May 1, 2008 Posted by Wet Bank Guy in 504, 8-29, Dancing Bear, Federal Flood, Hurricane Katrina, Jazz, Jazz Fest, NOLA, New Orleans, Rebirth, Recovery, Remember, Sinn Fein, Toulouse Street, We Are Not OK, je me souviens, levee. Tags: 504, Jazz Fest, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, LPO, New Orleans, NOLA, Requiem for Katrina, Terence Blanchard, WWOZ Jazz Tent trackback “I told you I would be here. It was important that I came. I’m leaving but I’ll be back again. Will you be here?” — Shelton Alexander […]


4. ~Rebekah-St. Bernard, LA~ - October 2, 2008

My husband and I went to school with Shelton, and I knew one day that he would be an inspiration to many. When I saw him on Spike Lee’s documentary about Katrina, I cried. He is, and always will be, an inspiration to me. ~Much love to my friend, Shake, for being a wonderful person through Jesus Christ~


5. Phyllis Montana-Leblanc - November 28, 2008

Greetings. My name is Phyllis Montana-Leblanc. Featured in Spike Lee’s HBO Film Documentary: “When The Levees Broke.” I have a newly published book/memoir, by Simon and Schuster, NY. Agent, William Morris Talent Agency, NY. “Not Just The Levees Broke” My Story During and After Hurricane Katrina.” Foreword By: Spike Lee was published August 19,2008. This is a first-hand account of survival, love, forgiveness and strength. New Orleans, Gumbo-Style strength! Myspace address: http://www.myspace.com/phyllismleblanc Thank you for your time.


6. Lina Gainey - May 2, 2012

Hey, thanks for the article.Thanks Again. Keep writing.


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