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2023 Hall of Distinction Nominee: Alexander Pierre "A.P." Tureaud, Jr.
Alexander Pierre “A. P.” Tureaud, Jr., was the first Black undergraduate to attend LSU.
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"My personal journey with LSU began seventy years ago and has been a unique and transformative experience.
After numerous legal challenges were resolved I entered LSU anticipating a demanding and exciting academic experience of challenges, making new friends and finding a rewarding career path. Instead, rejection, isolation, and racial prejudice destroyed my expectations for success. Fifty-five days after entering, I left LSU.
In 1988, thirty-five years later, I was invited to witness and celebrate the inauguration of the A. P. Tureaud, Sr. Black Alumni Chapter. This historic event helped me resolve my issues with the university and heal the hurt that harbored within me.
From that fantastic experience to the present, the officers and members of the chapter have been a beacon of leadership and accomplishment. They have graciously included me in their activities and initiatives with university administrators, faculty, students, the LSU Alumni Association, and community organizations to provide opportunities for inclusion and equity at LSU.
My journey continues, and I sincerely thank each person responsible for making this honor a reality." - A.P. Tureaud