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Lemon Coleman Jr.

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Educational Coordinator

Phone: (318) ***-****  HQ Phone
Crossroads Regional Hospital
110 John Eskew Drive
Alexandria, Louisiana 71303
United States

 
Background

Employment History

  • Black Principal
    Pineville Junior High School
  • Black Assistant Principal
    Rapides
  • Mayor Pro Tem
    City Council
  • Social Studies Teacher and Coach
    Carter C. Raymond Middle School

Education

  • master's degree
    Southern University
  • Grambling State University
Web References
The Town Talk
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Lemon Coleman Jr. has, for 24 years, served with an eye on improving his community.He sees no end in sight when it comes to extending his hand in aid.
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Lemon Coleman Jr. has always been about helping people.
From his early days as a social studies teacher and coach at Carter C. Raymond Middle School to his current role as educational coordinator at Crossroads Regional Hospital, the Pineville native has had a knack of putting the needs of others ahead of his own.
In perhaps his greatest community-service stint, Coleman, on the heels of the civil-rights movement, became in 1974 his hometown's first black councilman despite being in a predominantly white district.
For 24 years, he served with an eye on improving his community as a whole, not just along racial lines.
"I'd always been a people person," Coleman said.
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The two met during Coleman's 21/2 years at Carter C. Raymond.When the man who would become her husband proposed to her, she did not answer immediately.She took her time, and then, with the help of friends, came to a decision.
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Specializing in helping others does not often pay well, and Lemon Coleman Jr. knew it.He fondly recalls working as a young man for "next to nothing," while shepherding children to different places in the community.
"I didn't care about the money," he said."Man, seeing those kids' faces and bringing them to the beauty shop or wherever, that was the payment."
In 1978, Coleman was elected mayor pro tem of the City Council.All told, he was re-elected twice with no competition during his 24 years of service.
Coleman can claim a long and distinguished list of achievements.He was the first black assistant principal at Rapides and Pineville high schools and the first black principal at Pineville Junior High School, where he served for 14 years.
As one of the founders of The Pineville Helpaners, whose members filed a school desegregation lawsuit, Coleman worked for the integration of lunch counters, department stores and other work places.
Long road to success
As a young man, Coleman walked to and from his Pineville home to Peabody High School each day.This was just after the school first moved to its present location.
During his career, he missed only two days.After graduating from Peabody in 1953, he went on to graduate from Grambling State University in 1957 and later earned his master's degree in 1968 from Southern University.
"My mother (Bessie Hilt-Coleman) and father (Lemon Coleman Sr.) were not educated, per se," Coleman said."I was the first boy in the family to go to college.I knew education would be very important."
With an eye on the past and future, Coleman sees no end in sight when it comes to extending his hand in aid.That goes for his current job at Crossroads, as well.
"It's really important to help children," he said.
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"He said 'It's easy to make a buck, but hard to make a difference,'" Coleman said.
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