Robert Nathanial Lee, known as Chief Robbe, was the first and only person to be named “chief of chiefs” by the Mardi Gras Indian Council. From his birth in 1915, Chief Robbe faced hardship and discrimination, but he always found a way to do what he believed in. By the end of his life in 2001, he had been the Big Chief of four different tribes, given a lecture at Yale University, and become a role model for generations of New Orleans black youth.
Author Al Kennedy enhances the story of Chief Robbe’s life with extensive detail and interviews from their personal relationship, creating a biography perfect for both New Orleanians and those who simply love the city.
About the Author
Author Al Kennedy frequently lectures on musical heritage of New Orleans. He is an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans (UNO), where he teaches Louisiana and American history. Kennedy earned a master’s degree in public administration and a PhD in urban studies/urban history from UNO. His expertise has earned him many honors, including the Jazztown Award, the New Orleans International Music Colloquium Jazz Supporter Award, and the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Blue Eagle Award.
CHIEF OF CHIEFS
Robert Nathaniel Lee and the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, 1915-2001
By Al Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
224 pp. 6 x 9
34 photos Notes Biblio. Index