08/06/2013 03:45 PM
BATON ROUGE – The first reunion of the LSU Gospel Choir will highlight the LSU A. P. Tureaud Sr., Black Alumni Chapter’s reunion weekend, scheduled for Sept. 6-7.
The Gospel Choir reunion will be the centerpiece of “Here’s To You, Mr. Tureaud,” a production highlighting the history of African-American students at LSU from the 1950s to current times and chronicling LSU’s integration following successful suits filed by A. P. Tureaud Sr., the chapter’s namesake, on behalf of black students seeking admission to LSU.
The production will be held Friday, Sept. 6., at 7 p.m. in the Manship Theatre, located in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.
In addition to saluting the legacy of Tureaud, a New Orleans-based lawyer, the production will acknowledge firsts in African-American achievements at the university as presenters and performers as the audience helps capture history through song, dance, stepping, orations, multi-media presentations and a mass toast.
The production will also honor Everrett Parker, a well-known musical director, musician and singer in the Baton Rouge community who directed the choir for most of its history since the ensemble was founded in the late 1970s. Alumni from the Gospel Choir and the LSU community will be involved in a recognition of Parker, who retired from the university in May.
The production was written by LSU alumni Rachel L. Emanuel, Jacquee Minor, Faye Hinton, Mari Kornhauser and Ayan Rubin, and will be directed by LSU Theatre Professor Femi Euba. Participants include: Maxine Crump, the first African-American female to live in an LSU dormitory; Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, Class of 1976 and former LSU SGA president; Jim Engster, Class of 1981 and host of “The Jim Engster Show;” Gaines Foster, dean of the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Carolyn Collins, Class of 2002 and the first African-American LSU dean; Donald Cravins, Class of 1994 and a former state legislator, and chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu; Renée Boutte Meyer, Class of 1991 and LSU’s first African-American Homecoming Queen; and East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden, Class of 1982 and the first African-American mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish.
The weekend’s events will also include a welcoming party on Sept. 6 and tailgate party prior to the LSU Tigers’ home football game versus the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Sept. 7 in Tiger Stadium.
To learn more about the Tureaud Chapter reunion weekend, visit www.lsublackalumni.com/2013-alumni-reunion-celebration.
Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations
Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013