Every year the Friday before LSU’s Homecoming, LSU’s A. P. Tureaud, Sr. Black Alumni Chapter honors individuals for their outstanding career and civic achievements and their longtime support of the LSU Alumni Association during their annual chapter LSU Legends Forum.
This year, Manship School professor and alumna Jinx Broussard will receive the LSU Legends Award.
“I found out through an email that I had been nominated and that I was selected for the award,” said Broussard. “I was quite honored to be recognized by the black alumni chapter, I was especially honored to get that kind of recognition from fellow back alumni.”
Since getting notification on receiving the LSU Legend Award, Broussard has received numerous calls and texts congratulating her on the achievement. “I’ve gotten calls from friends who saw it online and who started at LSU when I did and encountered some of the same situations that I did when I was a student,” said Broussard.
Broussard has a long history at LSU. She was the first African-American student to earn an undergraduate degree in journalism from LSU and she later received her M.A. from LSU. Broussard also was inducted into the Manship School’s Hall of Fame in 1990 and is currently the F. Walker Lockett Distinguished Professor at the Manship School. Even with all her accolades at LSU, according to Broussard, receiving the LSU Legend Award is a full circle moment in her career.
“I would like to say that I’ve come full circle,” said Broussard. “Starting here when I did, under circumstances that were difficult for students of color, especially African American students and being able to persevere in my career here.”
Broussard reflected on her time as a journalism student here at LSU. “I have a lot of good memories from when I was a student here, especially in the journalism school which created a very welcoming environment for me.” “I was able to write for the Daily Revellie and have front page stories and for that time period that was awesome.”
This year’s LSU Legends Forum: “The Audacity of Change: A History of Protest at LSU,” will take place Friday, October 23 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Atchafalaya Room in LSU’s student union and is sponsored in part by The Manship School of Mass Communication. To RSVP or purchase tickets to Homecoming events sponsored by the A.P. Tureaud Black Alumni Chapter, visit http://lsublackalumni.com/registration/ for more information.
About the A. P. Tureaud, Sr., Black Alumni Chapter
The LSU Alumni Association A. P. Tureaud, Sr., Black Alumni Chapter, reconstituted in 2009, promotes exciting engagement of LSU alumni and friends with each other and University faculty, staff, and students through professional, social, academic, and cultural events. In addition to raising funds for scholarships, chapter activities help build lasting relationships, instill pride, and foster diversity.