Curtis Joseph Jr. ’93 Spotlighted by Shreveport Newspaper

Shreveport Times photographer Henrietta Wildsmith's portrait of Curtis Joseph Jr.

Shreveport Times photographer Henrietta Wildsmith's portrait of Curtis Joseph Jr.

Washington and Lee alumnus Curtis Joseph Jr. has an interesting story to tell, and he tells it as part of a special package of stories on the Shreveport Times Web site. In response to Barack Obama’s election and inauguration, he paper has published a special multimedia section called “Civil Rights: Then and Now,” and Curtis is one of eight Shreveport residents who share the spotlight with photos and audio. In Curtis’s case, he share the stage with his mother, Bobbie Johnson, who was once a sharecropper in Frierson, La., and is now a chemist in Greensboro, N.C. Curtis related how his mother always told him never to come home from school without books: “She would tell me that I need to come home looking like I’ve been to school.” Curtis also talks about the lessons that he’s now teaching his children. Once you get to the “Civil Rights: Then and Now” site, look for Curtis’s photo at the bottom (he’s next to last). Click on the photo, and you’ll get the audio visual story. You can read the transcript of the interview here.



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