Rachel L. Emanuel, Ph.D. 

A veteran public relations professional, Rachel L. Emanuel is director of communications and development support at the Southern University Law Center.

Emanuel has produced documentaries since 1992, when she was awarded her first media grant by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to produce a biographical profile on the late New Orleans civil rights attorney Alexander Pierre Tureaud, Sr. The resulting work, “Journey for Justice: the A. P. Tureaud Story,” has had numerous public screenings in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport, Louisiana; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Austin and San Antonio, Texas; and its broadcast premiere on Louisiana Public Broadcasting in 1996.

The Shreveport, Louisiana native earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and public relations from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Emanuel’s work, including her more recent film “Taking a Seat for Justice: The 1960 Baton Rouge Sit-Ins,” has been recognized in local, state, and national competitions.

A.P. Tureaud, Jr.

A. P. Tureaud, Jr. is an educational consultant, artist, and public speaker.

Tureaud is a retired school administrator with more than 30 years serving the White Plains Public Schools, New York.

The first African-American student to attend undergraduate school at Louisiana State University in 1953 by court order, Tureaud was dismissed from LSU after only eight weeks. Tureaud earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in New Orleans and a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York.

In 2011, Louisiana State University awarded Tureaud the honorary doctor of humane letters in the Spring Commencement.