Keith Weldon Medley

2025 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, LA  70116


Keith Weldon Medley is the author of “WE AS FREEMEN – Plessy v. Ferguson – The Fight against Legal Segregation” (Pelican Publishing Company; 2003, 2012). He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a two-time recipient of Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ Publication Initiative Grants. As a freelance writer, he has compiled over 100 writings on Louisiana’s history and culture including two reports in Smithsonian magazine. In January 2013, Mr. Medley was the lecturer for the 150thanniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in New Orleans. His writings and photographs have also appeared in American Legacy, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Historic Preservation, New Orleans Tribune, Times-Picayune, Southern Exposure, and many other publications.

The May 2004 issue of Smithsonian magazine featured an article by Medley on the historic Tuskegee Airmen. In July of 2005, the Governor’s Louisiana Commission on Human Rights commissioned Medley for an interpretive exhibit entitled “A Civil Rights Century” commemorating the 1905 Niagara Movement. In October of 2005, he presided over a panel at the Southern Historical Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta. In 2007, he was the lead interviewee in the literary journal Callaloo #29: An American Tragedy that focused on Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, he was the guest lecturer at the Ogden museum for an exhibit entitled New Orleans Free People of Color and their Legacy. In 2007 and 2008, he produced two essays on New Orleans historic neighborhoods Faubourg Treme and Faubourg Marigny in Louisiana Cultural Vistas. He has been featured in NPR’s Weekend Edition, HBO’s Treme: Beyond Bourbon Street, Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans and the British Broadcasting Corporation’s How the World got Mixed Up.

    In January of 2009, the Times-Picayune published Mr. Medley’s The Civil Rights Movement’s Legacy in recognition of President Obama’s inauguration. On February 12th, 2009, Medley spoke at an event entitled A Celebration of Progress which accompanied installation of the historic marker to commemorate the Plessy v. Ferguson Civil Rights Case. In September of 2009, with the theme of Speaking the Truth on Social Issues and Politics in the 21st Century, Medley gave the closing remarks at the 52nd Anniversary Symposium that commemorated the Little Rock Nine students. In October 2009, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art released a catalogue entitled New Orleans Free People of Color & Their Legacy co-written by Keith Weldon Medley.