Rachel L. Emanuel (Author)
Alexander P. Tureaud Jr. (Author)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: LSU Press; 1 edition (April 25, 2011)
This full length personal biography tracks the lifelong battle for equality and racial justice of A.P. Tureaud, a turn of the century born Louisiana Creole whose legal and civil rights career shaped the history of the South. Born Alexander Pierre Tureaud, and baptized Catholic, young A.P. left New Orleans at age 17, (during a period known as the Great Migration) having been recruited to work in the railroad yards of Chicago. Prior to his departure, on the advice of a friend and neighbour, A.P. took the Civil Service Exam on the hunch that if he did well he might work for the federal government. It would be this turn of events that changed his life. His scores on the exam landed A.P. a job in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a clerk in the law library of the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Challenged and stimulated by his new job, the tireless youth enrolled at Dunbar High School (night school) and graduated. He attended and graduated from Howard University Law School in 1925 with honours, and met the likes of W.E.B. DuBois, co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). A More Noble Cause navigates A.P. Tureaud’s life- one of unrelenting advocacy in securing the right to vote for people of colour and dismantling the “separate but equal” doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson, which included desegregation of public grade schools and institutions of higher education. Tureaud championed the cause for racial justice in the Jim Crow south alongside Thurgood Marshall. A definitive work such as A More Noble Cause, is a must read for the aspiring law student and student of history. With current events, timing could not be more perfect.