In 1964, less than one year into his tenure as publisher of the Bogalusa Daily News, New Orleans native Lou Major found himself guiding the newspaper through a turbulent period in the history of American civil rights. Bogalusa, Louisiana, became a flashpoint for clashes between African Americans advocating for equal treatment and white residents who resisted this change, a conflict that generated an upsurge in activity by the Ku Klux Klan. Local members of the KKK stepped up acts of terror and intimidation directed against residents and institutions they perceived as sympathetic to civil rights efforts. During this turmoil, the Daily News took a public stand against the Klan and its platform of hatred and white supremacy.
Before his death in 2013, Lou Major worked at the Bogalusa Daily News and its parent company, Wick Communications, for more than fifty years. A graduate of the LSU School of Journalism, Major was inducted into the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Hall of Fame in 2010 and Louisiana Press Association's 50 year club in 1994.