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    • Dr. Curtis "C.J." Gilliam

    • African Americans--History
    • Dr. Curtis "C.J." Gilliam [1922-1995] was a longtime Civil Rights activist and the first black optometrist in Baton Rouge. A former president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP, he was the first black Louisianan to enlist in the U.S. Marine...
    • Integration Attempt

    • School integration—Louisiana, Civil rights movement
    • Reverend Arthur T. Jelks, NAACP President (here at left) led this group of children to the Baton Rouge Junior High School in a futile attempt to register them at the school. Turning them away is R.L. Smith, school principal.

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