Spotlight on History
50th Anniversary of the Bogalusa Civil Rights March
August 10, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Bogalusa Civil Rights March. The 105-mile march, which was organized by civil rights activist A.Z. Young, started in Bogalusa on August 10, 1967, and ended with a rally on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge on August 20, 1967. Reporter Ron Hunter of WWL-TV in New Orleans covered this historic event as it happened. You can see his news reports, as well as later interviews with people involved in the events surrounding the march.
Louisiana: A History
Watch a clip from LPB’s Louisiana: A History to get an understanding of the events in Bogalusa that led to the civil rights march.
State Police Superintendent Thomas Burbank on Recommending National Guard Assistance for March (August 15, 1967)
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