Five years ago, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The pictures of despair, hope and compassion still linger in the minds of Americans today. As the country prepares to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, BET presents “Heart of the City: Katrina Five Years Later.”
This exclusive primetime special chronicles a year in the life of several men and women from New Orleans’ infamous Ninth Ward, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm. Hosted by actress and New Orleans native Jurnee Smollett, ("Eve's Bayou," "The Great Debaters"), the hour-long special examines how residents of the Ninth Ward have come together to rebuild and uncovers their hopes for the future. It also takes a look at the BP oil spill and the subsequent obstacles it potentially poses. Will America once again answer the call to action to rebuild New Orleans?
Be sure to tune in to this in-depth and engaging look into life in the Ninth Ward five years after the levees broke. “Heart of the City: Katrina Five Years Later” debuts Sunday, August 22 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. For more information of this groundbreaking special, please visit the Heart of the City: Katrina Five Years Later mainpage.