T. J. Jemison, Sr. inducted into Louisiana Political Hall of Fame

By JR Ball, NOLA.com |  January 19, 2017


Political columnist Jim Beam, former Louisiana House Speaker Jimmy Dimos, civil rights leader T.J. Jemison Sr., lobbyist Maurice "Bud" Mapes and longtime West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris have been named new members of the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame. The Louisiana Political Museum announced its Class of 2017 on Wednesday (Jan. 19), with plans to inducted the new members in a ceremony at the Winnfield museum March 11...

T.J. Jemison Sr. -- A longtime Louisiana pastor, pioneering civil rights leader and founder of a faith-based civil rights organization. In 1953, while pastor of Mount Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, a post he held for 54 years, Jemison helped lead the first civil rights boycott of segregated seating on public buses. The organization of free rides, coordinated by churches, was a model used in 1955-56 by the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama. Jemison was one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. Although the critical role he played in laying the foundation for Martin Luther King Jr.'s successful boycott of the Montgomery buses is still not widely known or celebrated, Baton Rouge in 2003 commemorated the 50th anniversary of the bus boycott...Read More