Saturday May 13, 2023: GSMCB 40th Anniversary Roundtable


The Gillespie-Senter  

Memorial Community Breakfast


May 13, 2023 session:


Forty Years of Progressive Social Justice Solidarity:

The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast

Community Roundtable Discussion

Opening Remarks of Historical Context by Brad Ott

Brad Ott in May 1983 was 21-years-old and Chair of the First Unitarian Church Social Concerns Committee. Namesakes Dr. John “Jack” Gillespie in May 1983 was President of the First Unitarian Church and with spouse Millie Gillespie conceived The Community Breakfast as an organizing venue for progressive social justice solidarity. Katherine “Kit” Senter (along with Brad Ott) Co-Chaired the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast (1990-2011) and launched its current forum with keynote speaker format from her work with the League of Women Voters. The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast, apart from a 17-month interruption due to Hurricane Katrina, continues this progressive social justice solidarity, marking forty years since its founding in May 1983.


SATURDAY MAY 13, 2023 / 11:00am

First Unitarian Universalist Church

5212 South Claiborne Avenue 

Presentation and Discussion in the First UU Church Sanctuary

Due to COVID-19 transmission rates in Orleans Parish,

First Unitarian Universalist Church recommends face masks are optional until further notice

10:30am – Historical Display, Coffee and Pastries

11:00am – Opening Remarks and Roundtable

12:00pm - Progressive Community announcements

For more information, contact Brad Ott at or (504) 810-3919

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The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of

the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983

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