This Living Legend segment features LD Azobra interviewing Southern University Football Hall of Famer great Charlie Granger, one of the Deacons for Defense and Justice. Hear his journey from Lake Charles La, the tragedy of Hurricane Audrey, redemption at HBCU Southern University all the way to the Dallas Cowboys and much more. A human rights activist, advocate and elected official he tells stories of Louisiana history. Part I of 2 Part II discusses social justice history. Don’t miss the inside sports stories in the integration of LSU football, interview of Lynn Leblanc and an outstanding book review. If you haven’t yet, subscribe to the Count Time Weekly Alerts. #CountTimePodcast
Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview of Living Legend Charlie Granger
Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra formerly named Lyman White. Thank you for joining us today.
Won City Council. Served two terms and ran for Mayor twice, but also You was part of the Deacon of Defense
Deacons for Defense and Justice that came out of Bogalusa. West Baton Rouge Parish, chairman of the organization we were chartered under the Bogalusa tribe.
So you work with A Z Young
Yeah, right. A Z Young was part of that group. There was some soldiers that came home from military people, military people that did not like the way that they were treated in Bogalusa and wanted to do something about it legally. So they decided to organize the Deacons for defense and Justice.
And y’all had bylaws and we had bylaws and what have you
Yes. We had strong black men that was not interested in nothing but human rights and bettering their community. Yeah.
So you’re always concerned about human rights.
Civil rights didn’t even exist at the time. Civil rights was there. I’m the one that bring the human rights in. Okay. Yeah. That’s my thing. Those are my words the human rights Human rights would cover everyone. Human rights is bigger than civil rights.
Human rights is bigger than civil rights because when we fought for rights, everybody rode in on our rights that we fought, everybody became civil righters. But they were human righters Nobody know that. We’ve carried more people to freedom on the black movement. Even now, when we fight, we had to fight for everybody. Our civil rights has covered women. And now the homosexuals, everybody rode in on the blood and flags that we carry for civil rights. A lot of people look down on us as colored, but nobody looked at as the real Super. We’re Super civil rights fighters We got so many other races on our back riding.