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Life of Lolis Elie

Written by: Gabrielle Turner
About: Lolis Elie

Lolis Eli was born on January 9, 1930 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he now lives. He lives in the Treme area of New Orleans. He attended Howard University in the 1953-54 school year of. During 1954 the case argued in the Supreme Court was Brown vs. Board of Education. A civil rights movement prevailed on Howard's Campus. In 1953 or 1954, Eli learned that Loyola Unversity's Law School was desegregated. In the same year he transferred to Dillard University where he became chairman of the organizing committee of the NAACP. In 1960, he opened a practice at Dryades and Jackson Street with Robert Collins, and Nils Douglas.

Lolis and Nils, developed a law firm with Robert Collins and became the principle attorneys in Louisiana for the Congress of Racial Equality after 1960.

Eli helps anyone in need, especially those blacks who were not afraid to risk their lives in order to achieve freedom.