Donald Brown delivered this monologue as a freshman at Xavier University of Louisiana to fulfill a narrative speech assignment in SPCM 1010, Fundamentals of Public Speaking. He delivered the speech in February 2006, one month after Xavier University re-opened following the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina. Students were asked to “give a speech that tells the story behind a photograph you have collected, taken, or seen in relation to New Orleans, Xavier University, or Hurricane Katrina.” The goal of the assignment was to use storytelling to witness about students’ experiences, ideas, or reactions to New Orleans, Xavier University, or Hurricane Katrina. Donald told the story of volunteering with the Common Ground organization in the Lower 9th Ward to gut a house. After delivering a speech about his experience, he returned to film his narrative on site in the Lower 9th Ward. Bart Everson, multimedia artist at Xavier’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching, filmed and edited the monologue. It was published in Volume V of XULAneXUS, Xavier's online undergraduate research journal.

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