He leaves behind his loving wife, Gigi; three daughters: Tara Hernandez, Senator Karen Carter Peterson, and Eileen Carter; three grandchildren: Jessica, Christopher and Aidan; son-in-law, Dana Peterson; and close nephew who was like a son, Thaddeus Young. He leaves behind a host of other loving family members, including three siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Funeral arrangements are pending.
He often referenced a memorable quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”
His belief in education, learning and self-empowerment were the foundation of his many achievements:
o The first African American elected Assessor in New Orleans;
o The first African American President of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association;
o One of the founders of BOLD (Black Organization of Leadership Development) that promoted leaders such as Councilmembers Jim Singleton and Oliver Thomas from Central City;
o A leader for the Dryades YMCA, serving Central City youth and families;
o A leader in the historic Tobacco litigation which successfully reformed the tobacco industry and redefined Multi-District Litigation;
o An active community volunteer and supporter of education, youth, mentorship, and community development; and
o The First President of the Freret Street Development Corporation.
Ken Carter retired from a long career in law and business to reside in St. Francisville, Louisiana with his wife of 53 years.