Spotlight on History
Black History Month
The LDMA is highlighting Black History Month during the month of February with a collection of videos highlighting African American history and culture in Louisiana. Be sure to explore the complete Black History Month topic to see more stories and interviews with Black Louisianans who have made significant contributions to the state.
View several reports on the 105-mile march from Bogalusa to Baton Rouge, which was organized by civil rights activist A.Z. Young.
See a documentary chronicling the 16-day, 246-mile Black voter registration march from Shreveport to Baton Rouge in June 1982.
Watch a Folks episode honoring the four African American girls who integrated the New Orleans Public Schools in 1960 – Ruby Bridges, Gail Etienne, Tessie Prevost, and Leona Tate.
View this documentary examining the 30-year history of school desegregation efforts in Louisiana following the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
See a Louisiana: The State We’re In profile of Justice Revius Ortique, the first African American to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Watch a documentary profiling the life and career of award-winning author Ernest Gaines, whose work was inspired by his childhood experiences in Pointe Coupee Parish.
View this documentary chronicling the circumstances and events that led to the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, the nation's first large-scale bus boycott protesting segregation.
See this LPB documentary which explores the close ties of the African American community in Baton Rouge and the challenges they faced during segregation.
Watch a SWI story highlighting the pioneering Black nurses working at the only hospital unit available to Black nurses and patients in Baton Rouge during the 1950s.
View this documentary exploring the history and importance of Black churches in Louisiana from the time of slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and the modern day.
See a series of digital shorts highlighting the Louisiana locations in the Green Book, a travel guide that listed places that were safe for African Americans to visit during segregation.
Watch a series of reports on the history and culture of Black fraternities and sororities, including stories on the Divine Nine, Colorism, Community Service & Stepping and Strolling.
View an Art Rocks! story profiling Heritage, a Baton Rouge-based choral ensemble aimed at preserving and performing spirituals, directed by Clarence Jones.
See Governor John Bel Edwards pardon Homer Plessy, the plaintiff in Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 United States Supreme Court decision that upheld the doctrine of separate but equal.
Watch a story on the unveiling of a new monument honoring Black veterans on the grounds of the State Capitol and a profile a Colonel Paris Davis, a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
View a SWI story highlighting the state’s efforts to preserve the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana, including the new Civil Rights Museum and Civil Rights Trail.