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    Chef Leah Chase, or as she’s widely known for her famous New Orleans cooking, the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” quite literally helped to feed the civil rights movement.

    As the chef and owner of the renowned New Orleans restaurant named after her husband’s father, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, Chase’s family took great risk in braving the South’s infamous “Jim Crow” laws to allow black and white organizers of the civil rights movement to use the popular restaurant as a safe meeting place.

    “You just did the work you thought you were expected to do,” Chase said. “Anything you thought that could better people, you just did it.”

    Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Chase sat down with “Power Players” to remember the days when Freedom Riders worked from the upstairs level of her restaurant to plan their bus routes through the segregated South.

    “I knew I had to feed them, and I knew I could not do what they were doing,” Chase said.

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    As the summer season has kicked into high gear, so too have Americans’ travel plans.

    And as people prepare to make their way to their favorite Fourth of July destinations, former National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman sat down with “Power Players” to warn travelers about some of the biggest threats to travel safety.

    The most glaring shortcoming in enforced travel safety, Hersman said, is that the use of child seats on airplanes is not required – and has even been discouraged in some cases – by airlines.

    “We restrain our laptops, we restrain the coffee tops, but we don't restrain the most precious cargo on the airplane and that's our children,” said Hersman.

    “It’s amazing when you look back 25, 35 years … things have completely changed when it comes to automobiles. All states have requirements for child passengers to be restrained,” Hersman said. “But yet the things that we take for granted when we're traveling 50 miles per hour, we aren't translating

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