During a career that spanned more than forty years, A. P. Tureaud was at times the only regularly practicing black attorney in Louisiana. From his base in New Orleans, the civil rights pioneer fought successfully to obtain equal pay for Louisiana's black teachers, to desegregate public accommodations, schools, and buses, and for voting rights of qualified black residents. Tureaud's work, along with that of dozens of other African American lawyers, formed part of a larger legal battle that eventually overturned Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized racial segregation.
This intimate account, based on more than twenty years of research into the attorney's astounding legal and civil rights career as well as his community work, offers the first full-length study of Tureaud. An active organizer of civic and voting leagues, a leader in the NAACP, a national advocate of the Knights of Peter Claver a fraternal order of black Catholics and a respected political power broker and social force as a Democrat and member of the Autocrat Club and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Tureaud worked tirelessly within the state and for all those without equal rights.
Both an engrossing story of a key legal, political, and community figure during Jim Crowera Louisiana and a revealing look at his personal life during a tumultuous time in American history, A More Noble Cause provides insight into Tureaud's public struggles and personal triumphs, offering readers a candid account of a remarkable champion of racial equality.
|Publisher:||Louisiana State University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Alexander P. Tureaud, Jr., is an educational consultant, retired school administrator, artist, and public speaker.
Table of Contents
1 Underestimated and Misperceived 1
2 Of Creole Heritage 4
3 Educating Alex 17
4 Southern Exodus 24
5 Preparing for a Legal Career 34
6 Return to New Orleans 54
7 Meeting Lucille 66
8 Growing Community Involvement 80
9 The War Years 92
10 NAACP Lawyer 101
11 Law and Fatherhood 117
12 "Separate but Equal" Strengthened in the Face of Desegregation 127
13 Desegregation of Primary and Secondary Schools 150
14 The Politician 161
15 Desegregation Battles after Brown 182
16 Enforcing Brown's Mandate in New Orleans Grade Schools 195
17 Catholics and Desegregation 212
18 More to the Desegregation Mandate 218
19 Reconstructing Public Education 229
20 More Direct Action 238
21 Courts Are the Way 249
22 Race against Time 257