Raphael Cassimere Jr.

NAACP, 1960- Louisiana
Current Residence:
Department of History
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70148
Email: rcassime@uno.edu
Phone: 504-280-6878

Commencement Address & Hall of Fame Induction

I served as president of the New Orleans NAACP Youth Council from 1960-66. During that time we were voted #1 twice and #2 in the nation. We organized a two year selective buying campaing of more than thirty stores on world famous Canal Street and secured the integration of restroom and eating facilities, and hundreds of meaningful jobs for African Ameicans. We also worked on voter registration, conducting canvassing, and voter education classes. Some of us were arresting for attempting to integrate the cafeteria in City Hall. We helped to organize other NAACP chapters in more than a dozen communities in Louisiana. Adam Fairclough covers some of the activities in Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972.

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