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Civil Rights Panel Discussion (1982)




Genre: Panel

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-02-18

Duration: 00:27:36

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Turnley, Richard, Jr. | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Civil Rights | African Americans | United States. Voting Rights Act of 1965 | Political participation | School integration.


  • Sexton, Sharon Elizabeth Host
  • Ardoin, Linton Panelist
  • Turnley, Richard Panelist
  • Thomas, Samuel Panelist


This episode of the series “Folks” from February 18, 1982, features Sharon Elizabeth Sexton hosting a live panel discussion on the status of civil rights in Louisiana, including call-in questions from viewers. The panelists are: Secretary Linton Ardoin of the Louisiana Department of Urban and Community Affairs; State Representative Richard Turnley, the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus; and Samuel Thomas, the First Vice President of the Louisiana NAACP. They discuss: their concerns over the renewal of the Voting Rights Act; low voter turnout in the black community; holding African Americans in appointed government positions accountable to the black community; the lack of promotions for qualified black teachers; conducting a study on improving black voter participation; and school desegregation.