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Avery Alexander

Born: Jun 29, 1910

Death: Mar 5, 1999

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Avery Alexander

Date of Birth : Jun 29, 1910
Date of Death : Mar 5, 1999

Rev. Avery Caesar Alexander was a Louisiana civil rights leader and politician. He graduated from Union Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained into the ministry in 1944. He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1975 and served in that office until his death. He participated in voter registration drives in Louisiana prior to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He helped organize boycotts against businesses in New Orleans which did not hire blacks, including a successful boycott to force the monopoly utility and transit company to hire black bus drivers. Rev. Alexander participated in several marches with Martin Luther King, Jr., and in sit-ins to integrate lunch counters. In a well-publicized and videotaped incident in the basement cafeteria at City Hall in 1963, he was arrested and dragged upstairs by the heels. In a similar incident in 1993, police used a chokehold to subdue Rev. Alexander when he participated in a protest against David Duke at a Liberty Monument ceremony in New Orleans after Alexander repeatedly crossed police lines separating protesters and celebrants.


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