NEW ORLEANS -- The mayor of New Orleans is predicting that his city will once again be "a majority African-American city."
In a Martin Luther King Day speech to a crowd at City Hall, Mayor Ray Nagin said, "It's the way God wants it to be." He said you can't have New Orleans any other way.
Before Hurricane Katrina displaced about three-quarters of its population, the city was more than 60 percent black. The storm spared several mostly-white neigbhborhoods, and hit black areas the hardest.
Nagin told the crowd gathered for a King Day march, "It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans."
Along the city's Martin Luther King Boulevard, an area near a King statue and memorial was cleaned up and landsaped in advance of today's parade. But many of the buildings nearby are abandoned and in ruins -- including a major public housing project.