A prolific career as a civil rights attorney…

Alexander Pierre “A.P.” Tureaud, Sr. worked to abolish Jim Crow laws – handling practically all desegregation and other civil rights cases filed in Louisiana from the mid-1920s through the 1960s. Tureaud also successfully defended the first sit-in cases to go before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Tureaud was born in New Orleans in 1899. His family was of black Creole ancestry – descendants of French immigrants and enslaved Africans – and he encountered segregation and racial discrimination, made legal just three years prior to his birth.

As a young man he moved to New York City, where he was inspired by local civil rights activities to become a champion of racial equality. In 1925, he graduated from Howard University Law School and soon returned to his native Louisiana where he worked diligently to overturn segregation laws.

A More Noble Cause is a powerful story of his lifelong battle for racial justice and the very personal biography of a black professional and his family in Jim Crow–era Louisiana.

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