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Desegregation: A Dream Delayed (2004)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2004-05-13

Duration: 00:56:51

Subjects: CIVIL RIGHTS | School integration. | Desegregation | EDUCATION | LAWSUITS | Rosenwald Schools | Busing for school integration | PUBLIC SCHOOLS | PRIVATE SCHOOLS | ECONOMY | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Davis v. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board | East Baton Rouge Parish (La.). School Board.


  • Connelly, John Photographer
  • Camp, John Writer
  • Camp, John Reporter
  • Courtney, Bob Producer
  • Courtney, Bob Editor
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Johnson, Willie Interviewee
  • Orfield, Gary Interviewee
  • Silber, John Interviewee
  • Wilcox, Clayton Interviewee
  • Carter, Gideon Interviewee
  • Lyles, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Niquille, Patrice Interviewee
  • Black, Bill Interviewee
  • Gilbeau, Marty Interviewee
  • Rutledge, Domoine Interviewee
  • Rossell, Christine Interviewee
  • Foster, Mike Interviewee
  • Boudreaux, Bernard Interviewee
  • Fields, Charles Interviewee
  • Wilford, Carl Interviewee
  • Wilford, Roena Interviewee
  • Jones, Johnnie Interviewee
  • Burchell, Charles Interviewee
  • Kirk, Michael Interviewee
  • Thomas, Arthur Interviewee
  • Smith, Eric Interviewee
  • Caldus, Stephen Interviewee
  • Bankston, Carl Interviewee
  • Robinson, Press Interviewee
  • Landry, Deborah Interviewee
  • Ducote, Jackie Interviewee
  • Melilli, Jere Interviewee
  • Kelley, Ingrid Interviewee
  • Washington, Alvin Interviewee
  • Pierre, John Interviewee
  • Weiss, Bernard Interviewee
  • Matthews, Gary Interviewee
  • Moser, Roger Interviewee
  • Hammond, Robert Interviewee
  • Godfrey, Brace Interviewee
  • Scott, Loren Interviewee
  • Simpson, Bobby Interviewee


A 2004 documentary that investigates the failure of school desegregation in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. This program explores: the history and settlement of Davis v. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, the longest running federal desegregation lawsuit in United States history, which resulted in 47 years of litigation; the origins of the lawsuit surrounding a Rosenwald school in the Dixie neighborhood of Baton Rouge; the various desegregation plans implemented, including mandatory busing; and the unintended consequences of the lawsuit, including the population changes experienced due to white flight to suburban areas, the growth of private schools, the creation of separate school districts in Baker and Zachary, and the negative impacts on economic development in Baton Rouge.