BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In Federal Court Wednesday afternoon the 19th African American heritage program was held with Chief Judge Brian Jackson presiding. The keynote speaker was A.P. Tureaud, Jr., the first black undergraduate student at LSU.
Tureaud, a native of New Orleans, graduated from J.S. Clark high school and sued LSU for admission in 1953.
On Wednesday he reflected on one of is early Monday morning drives from New Orleans back to Baton Rouge.
"I remember what it felt like to be driving back to LSU after being home for a weekend of love and affection and facing the horrors of desegregation, isolation, and unwontedness at LSU in 1953," said Tureaud.
"When I left the campus thinking that I never wanted to go back to that place because if I did I would fail. Not because I couldn't do the work but because I couldn't function as a social human being trying to educate himself."
Tureaud said he felt the times were really changing. "The times were tough but the times were real. There were so many people who felt that a system of social rejection had to be changed," said Tureaud.
"Every time I take the bench I'm just unspeakably inspired by courageous people like A.P. Tureaud senior and junior," remarked Chief Judge Brian Jackson.