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Black History Month

History-makers of Southeast Louisiana

Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

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Wendell Pierce was born and raised in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood of New Orleans. He attended Benjamin Franklin High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). As an actor, Pierce is best known for his role as Detective Moreland in The Wire (2002) and as musician Antoine Batiste in the series Treme, about post-Katrina New Orleans. He also starred in the films Selma (2014) and Horrible Bosses (2011).


As an activist, Pierce is known for his efforts to rebuild the Pontchartrain Park, serving as president of the Community Development Corporation. He spent nearly a year negotiating with government and insurance officials to build affordable and environmentally friendly homes.



Christopher Award for his book, The Wind in the Reeds, 2016 -- The Christopher Awards are presented to authors and illustrators as well as writers, producers and directors whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

Tony Award for Best Play, as producer of Clybourne Park in 2012.


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