Rachel L. Emanuel and Alexander P. Tureaud, Jr., authors of A More Noble Cause: A.P.Tureaud and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana, will be discussing A.P. Tureaud’s journey on Monday, April 18, 2011, 6:00 P.M.

At the request of the LSU Press Rachel (Emanuel) and I began our co-authored activity about twelve years ago. Because a building on the campus was named for APT (A.P. Tureaud, Sr.), LSU wanted a biography. After all, this was the first and only building dedicated to an African-American on campus.

Rachel  had a significant body of research about APT from her documentary, Journey for Justice: The A.P. Turead Story, part of her doctoral studies. This research included many of his legal cases to end segregation in Louisiana. Writing a personal biography, though, demanded research into his genealogy, family, siblings, marriage, children, social activities, etc. Tureaud was a very unassuming person who kept his family and personal life in the background, letting his legal career take the public spotlight.

Our book chronicles the history of the civil rights movement in Louisiana and the efforts of the NAACP legal defense fund to dismantle segregation. APT was the local rep for the NAACP and handled almost all of the major cases in Louisiana involving public schools, universities, parks, transportation, colleges, trade schools and public accommodations for more than four decades. He also led the fight to allow blacks to register to vote and to earn equal pay as public school teachers throughout the state.

The book is quite inclusive and contains material supporting the breadth and scope of civic and political action during this constantly changing era of racial unrest in America.  We did not consciously exclude any material
relevant to our objectives.

A.P. Tureaud, JR, Co-Author, A More Noble Cause: A.P.Tureaud and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana