THE ICON: A.P. Tureaud Sr.
THE LEGACY: Alexander Pierre “A.P” Tureaud Sr., joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1930s and spent the rest of his life fighting for desegregation and social justice in Louisiana, especially in the state’s public schools. With the help of Thurgood Marshall, Tureaud filed the lawsuit that would end the system of Jim Crow segregation in New Orleans, paving the way for integrating the first two elementary schools in the Deep South.
THE ARTIST: D. Lammie-Hanson, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “I could sum up everything about A.P. Tureaud in one phrase: A.P. Tureaud was a great man. … In this day and age of civil rights, we got where we are today by the efforts and dedication of men like A.P. Tureaud, who made himself a leader. That man’s courage was unbelievable.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, eulogizing Tureaud in 1972