standing up to injustice

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  • This is a 1963 Advocate file photo of protestors in Plaquemine.

  • A mounted State Trooper shocks an African American demonstrator with an electric cattle prod during demonstrations near City Hall in Plaquemine, Louisiana. (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images)

  • This is a 1963 Advocate file photo of The National Director of the Congress of Racial equality, James Farmer of New York, left and William Q. Harleaux , principal of an elementary school in Plaquemine being led away after their arrest in Plaquemine.

  • This is a 1963 Advocate file photo of officals in Plaquemine watch for demonstrators at court house.

  • This is a 1963 Advocate file photo of protestors sitting on a bus waiting to be transported to jail.

  • This is 1963 Advocate file photo of a female demonstrator being handled by police.

  • Judge Calvin Johnson (ret) Judge Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge in 1969. He served four years in the United Stated Air Force receiving an honorable discharge in 1973. Judge Johnson received his Juris doctorate from Loyola Law School in 1978. In 1981 he became a faculty member of the Loyola Law School and in 1985 he became a full professor of law at Loyola Law School. He served as the Director of the Loyola Law Clinic Criminal Clinic and was responsible for teaching several courses including Professional Responsibility. He became an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in 1990 and still teaches a class every fall. Judge Johnson was elected to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in 1990. While at the Criminal District Court he served as a Drug Court Judge from 1994 until 2002. In 2002 Judge Johnson established the first Mental Health Treatment Court in the State of Louisiana. In 2004 Judge Johnson became the first African American Chief Judge of that court. In 2005 when Katrina struck he was the Chief Judge of the Court. By November of 2006 the Court was back in full operation. Judge Johnson received the La. Supreme Court Justice Albert Tate Award for Judicial Excellence, the Louis A. Martinet Award for Judicial Excellence, the ACLU Ben Smith Award for Community Service and the Loyola Law School Alumni of the year award. The Judge retired from the criminal court in January of 2008. In March 2008 he was asked by the transformation team appointed by Governor Jindal to serve as the interim director of the Metropolitan Human Service District. Today he still serves as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Human Service District.

  • Spiver Gordon, is a native son of Plaquemine who now resides in Eutaw, Alabama with his wife and family. Spiver was jailed in Plaquemine in 1963 and spent time in the Port Allen Jail. He was field secretary for the Congress of racial equality. Mr. Gordon has been actively involved in voter registration and was involved in registering the first blacks in St. Francisville, LA and in Bristol FL. Mr. Gordon has been involved in every major march for civil rights in the US, including the 1963 March on Washington and the Selma to Montgomery march. Since, 1968 he has led the movement for SCLC in Eutaw, Alabama.

  • Linda Johnson

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