Former New Orleans Mayor Maurice ‘Moon’ Landrieu dies at 92
Landrieu died at his home in New Orleans with his family present, Berni said.
As mayor, Moon Landrieu championed integration in the city, winning him the respect of many Black voters when he opened high-ranking city jobs and contracts to African Americans. And as a city councilman before that, he led a successful push for a city ordinance outlawing segregation based on race or religion in public accommodations.
Current New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Monday remembered the late mayor as a “civil rights trailblazer and dedicated public [servant].” She added that his “urban policy vision helped shape this city, and the racial coalitions he built in the face of division continues to inspire generations.”
After leaving the mayor’s office, Landrieu served as former President Jimmy Carter’s second secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and he was elected in 1992 to serve as a judge on Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. He retired from the court in 2000.