LSU organizations host double reunion over home game weekend

LSU organizations host double reunion over home game weekend
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POSTED: Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 8:02pm

UPDATED: Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 8:13pm

Two groups of LSU alumnae and students gathered together for the first home game weekend to honor the history of desegregation at LSU.

Saturday the LSU Gospel Choir and members of the LSU A. P. Tureaud, Sr., Black Alumni Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association hosted a tailgate party at the LSU Union Theatre to tell stories and meet new friends.

"It really allows people who have experienced the university and had a great time great memories to come back and connect with what we've had in the past," Ken West, LSU Alumnus, stated. "...Bring loved ones to visit and show them how important the university is to you and what it means in your life as well."

John Butler, LSU Alumnae Assoc. Alumnus of the Year 2012, described the reunions, "You see a love for LSU, a love for it's history, and a love to associate with the university. "

On Friday, current and former members of the LSU Gospel choir hosted a moving tribute to the legacy of A.P. Tureaud Sr.

Ronette King Boshea, with the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts, said in a statement Tureaud was: "A New Orleans-based civil rights lawyer who argued the case to integrate LSU."

The choir also paid tribute to its long time director Everrett Parker. Parker retired in May. Now the choir is lead by Laurence Hebert.

Former gospel choir members say the choir helped create new bonds for the LSU community.

"It allows the students, African American and non African American students, to embrace a culture that they might not have experienced before," Alisha Valdry, former choir member, said.

To learn more about LSU A. P. Tureaud, Sr., Black Alumni Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association click here.

To learn more about the LSU Gospel Choir click here.

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