A.P. Tureaud Documentary

“Journey for Justice: The A.P. Tureaud Story” is a 60-minute documentary on the life and works of the late New Orleans civil rights attorney, Alexander Pierre Tureaud, Sr. As the local attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., Tureaud handled practically all the desegregation and other civil rights cases filed in Louisiana from the early 1940s through the 1960s, including suits filed to allow black students to attend Louisiana State University. The documentary includes sequences about his cases to equalize teacher salaries, to loosen restrictions on voter registration, and to desegregate state public universities and New Orleans public schools.

Other segments of the documentary explore Tureaud’s educational background, his experience with harassment and threats on his life, and his struggle to maintain a legal practice and support a family.

Rare audio of Tureaud discussing his activities in the civil rights movement is presented. The documentary also features interviews with Tureaud family members and key national and local leaders who knew Tureaud, including:

  • The late U.S. District Judge Constance Baker Motley
  • U.S. District Judge Robert Carter
  • The late Louis Berry, former  Southern University Law School Dean
  • Sybil Morial, wife of the late New Orleans Mayor Ernest Morial
  • Archbishop Phillip Hannan
  • The late Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Revius Ortique

The documentary was produced by Rachel L. Emanuel, and written by Emanuel and Denise Barkis-Richter. Edward Dodd was director of photography and off-line editor, and Sailor Jackson was chief camera operator. Original music was composed and performed by Alvin Batiste. The program was narrated by Clyde Robertson.

The film was sponsored by the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association, and funded in part by grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) and the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account Fund (IOLTA).

Receive a gift copy of  the “Journey for Justice: The A.P. Tureaud Story” DVD by making a contribution of $25 or more to the LSU Alumni Association A.P. Tureaud, Sr., Black Alumni Chapter’s A.P. Tureaud Endowed Scholarship Fund. Make your check or money order payable to the A. P. Tureaud, Sr., Black Alumni Chapter (write Tureaud Documentary DVD in the memo line); and mail it to:

LSU A. P. Tureaud, Sr. Black Alumni Chapter
P.O. Box 80132
Baton Rouge, LA 70816