Les Vues Free Film Series: "Journey for Justice: The A.P. Tureaud Story"
Join us for the free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Performance Center. Les Vues is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state. The films will range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. that focus on the themes surrounding various aspects of culture. Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the themes of the movie and how they apply to that culture as well as our own.
ABOUT THE FILM
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.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Rachel Emanuel joined the Southern University Law Center as director of the Office of Publications and Electronic Media in 1998.Emanuel is a past president of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana, and was named PRAL’s 1997 Communicator of the Year. She is past chairman of the Baton Rouge Film Commission, serving her third term on the board. She is a member the publications committee for the Baton Rouge Bar Association, a 1998 graduate of the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Leadership Baton Rouge, and a 2000 graduate of the Council for A Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana. She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity in 1995.A biography, “A More Noble Cause: A. P. Tureaud and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana,” by Rachel L. Emanuel and A. P. Tureaud, Jr., was released by LSU Press in spring of 2011.