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The Classic Battle (1982)




Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-11-21

Duration: 00:27:52

Subjects: Bayou Classic (Football game) | Sports | GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY | Southern University and A & M College | Historically black colleges and universities | Southern University Marching Band | Marching bands | Music | Johnson, Joseph Benjamin, 1934- | ROBINSON, EDDIE | Stone, Jesse N., 1924-2001 | Greggs, Isaac


  • Sexton, Sharon Elizabeth Host
  • Anderson, John Interviewee
  • Washington, Alvin Interviewee
  • Johnson, Joseph Interviewee
  • Buchanan, Buck Interviewee
  • Johnson, W.L. Interviewee
  • Robinson, Eddie Interviewee
  • Stone, Jesse Interviewee
  • Peoples, Woody Interviewee
  • Greggs, Isaac Interviewee
  • Hutchinson, Conrad Interviewee
  • Washington, Otis Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from November 21, 1982, features Sharon Elizabeth Sexton’s report on the upcoming Bayou Classic in New Orleans and the importance of the rivalry between Grambling State University (GSU) in Grambling, Louisiana, and Southern University (SU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her report covers the history of the schools, the rivalry between the football teams and marching bands, and the growing importance of the Bayou Classic. It also includes highlights of performances by the Grambling State Tiger Marching Band and the Southern University Marching Band, also known as the Human Jukebox. Sexton interviews: John Anderson, the SU SGA President; Alvin Washington, the GSU SGA President; Dr. Joseph Johnson, GSU president; Buck Buchanan, GSU alumnus; W.L. Johnson, SU Alumni President; Eddie Robinson, GSU head football coach; Dr. Jesse Stone, SU president; Woody Peoples, GSU alumnus; Dr. Isaac Greggs, SU band director; Dr. Conrad Hutchinson, GSU band director; and Otis Washington, SU head football coach.