Life As A ‘Symbol Of Integration’ In College

(Photo courtesy of StoryCorps) A.P. Tureaud Jr. (right) talked with Steven Walkley at StoryCorps in New York.

In 1953, A.P. Tureaud Jr. enrolled as a freshman at Louisiana State University, becoming the school’s first and only black undergraduate that year. His family had filed a lawsuit on his behalf, after his first application to the school was rejected because of his race. And, as Tureaud remembers, life on the campus in Baton Rouge was a challenge.

Tureaud, 75, talked about the experience with his friend, Steven Walkley, 62, on NPR’s StoryCorps.

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