Rachel L. Emanuel

Rachel L. Emanuel

Rachel L. Emanuel, Ph.D., is an award-winning public relations professional, documentarian, author, and lecturer. Emanuel has served most of her 35-year professional career in Louisiana public higher education, beginning at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Office of Public Relations. She recently retired as Director of Communications and Development support at the Southern University Law Center (SULC) in Baton
Rouge, after 18 years.

Emanuel’s full-length documentaries: “Journey for Justice: the A. P. Tureaud Story,” and “Taking a Seat for Justice: The 1960 Baton Rouge Sit-Ins,” have been recognized in local, state, and national competitions. Her tribute video short, “The Bridge Builder: Dr. Jesse Nealand Stone, Jr.,” was presented an Award of Excellence, Communicator Awards, Second Place/tribute. She is coauthor of A More Noble Cause: A. P. Tureaud and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana published in 2011 by LSU Press; as well as Images of America: Scotlandville, published in 2015; and Southern University Law Center in 2018, both by Arcadia Publishing.

The Shreveport, Louisiana native earned the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in journalism and public relations from LSU in Baton Rouge and a Doctorate in journalism from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. At UT, she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity.

Currently Emanuel serves on the Board of Directors for the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society and for the A. P. Tureaud Legacy Committee. She is a charter member, newsletter founding editor, former three-time president, former LSU Legends Forum and Chapter Reunion chair, and Scholarship Committee member of the A. P. Tureaud, Sr., Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association. SULC has named an endowed professorship in her honor. Emanuel is a recipient of the LSU Clarence L. Barney, Jr., African American Cultural Center Distinction in Diversity Award; the SULC Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild Pillar Awards, inaugural Gatekeeper Award; the YWCA Racial Justice Award; and the Louisiana State Conference of NAACP A. P. Tureaud Black Citizenship Award.