Lunch with a Legend: Brown Bag Discussion with A.P. Tureaud Jr.

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wchwa0zqwpmxdvqry7c5On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 12:00 pm, A.P. Tureaud Jr. will visit LSU campus’s Hill Memorial Library to talk about LSU, Louisiana, and the Civil Rights Movement. His visit is to speak to a group of students studying the Civil Rights movement with Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., and his message can be heard by anyone who wishes to attend. The event is sponsored by the African and African American Studies Program at LSU, and LSU Libraries Special Collections.

This event will take place in the Hill Memorial Library and is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Cookies and drinks will be provided. LSU Libraries Special Collections holds the records of LSU, as well as the oral histories from the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, part of LSU Libraries collections. An oral history of A.P. Tureaud from 1993 is part of those collections and is accessible online both in audio format and in transcript in the Louisiana Digital Library at here.

A.P. Tureaud, Jr.’s relationship with the LSU campus is a complicated one. In May of 2011, Tureaud was awarded an honorary doctorate from LSU. His early experiences were quite different. After graduating from J. S. Clark High in New Orleans, he sued LSU and was the first person of color to attend the undergraduate school in 1953. Due to a legal technicality, he was forced to withdraw from LSU.  His dismissal was appealed by his father, civil rights attorney, A. P. Tureaud, Sr. and the U. S. Supreme Court allowed him to return until his case was decided by a three judge court. Due to extreme prejudice and isolation experienced by A.P. Jr., he refused to return and entered Xavier University in New Orleans, from which he graduated in 1957. The following spring he received a master’s degree from Columbia University in rehabilitation counseling.

For ten years he taught in public schools in New Orleans, Washington, DC and White Plains, NY. For the next twenty-six years he was the director of special education in the White Plains School, retiring in 1996. In addition to adjunct teaching at Hunter College, College of New Rochelle and Pace University, Tureaud received a sabbatical grant to study special education programs in Africa and Europe.

He is currently a freelance educational consultant, artist, public speaker and author.  His book, co- authored with Dr. Rachel Emanuel, A More Noble Cause, published by the LSU Press in 2011, chronicles the civil rights struggle in Louisiana.

For more information, please contact Jessica Lacher-Feldman at jlacherfeldman@lsu.edu or at 225.578-6551 or Herman O. Kelly, Jr., at hkelly1@lsu.edu and 225-936-6278.