Preserve Louisiana will host a Heritage Lecture for the 70th Anniversary of the Southern University Law Center with Chancellor John Pierre at the Old Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m.
The Law Center was established in 1946 when Charles J. Hatfield III, an African American and military veteran, sought admission from the only state institution to offer a law degree. He met the academic requirements, but was denied admission because of his race. Hatfield hired civil rights attorney, A.P. Tureaud, to file a lawsuit. The Louisiana State Board of Education took steps to establish a law school for African Americans, thus creating the Southern University Law Center.
Pierre will discuss the history and the establishment of this historically black law school in Baton Rouge Louisiana.
Refreshments from Calandro’s Fine Wines and Spirits are served at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Heritage Lectures are sponsored in part of Watermark Baton Rouge.
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