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Lautier, Louis R., d. 1962


Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Louis Lautier attended Morris Brown College and Howard University Law School. He began his career as a journalist in 1923 at the Atlanta Independent. After the paper failed, he became a freelance journalist, publishing his work in African-American newspapers across the country. He was appointed head of the National Negro Publisher’s Association, which covered Washington, D.C., news for African-American newspapers. Lautier pushed for the integration of the Senate and House press galleries, which was achieved in 1947. During his time in Washington, he also worked as a correspondent for the Atlanta Daily World. In 1955 he became the first African American admitted to the National Press Club.

Burroughs, Todd Steven. “’Who is this Man, Louis Lautier?’ The NPA and Louis Lautier.” Black Press USA . National Newspaper Publishers Association. 2006.http://www.blackpressusa.com/history/Timeline_Essay.asp?NewsID=106. 12 April, 2005.

“Two Down.” Time Magazine Archives. 21 March, 1955. Vol. LXV. No. 12.http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,866068,00.htm. 12 April, 2005.



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