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Leon Tarver Interview (1984)




Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-02-12

Duration: 00:06:08

Subjects: African Americans | TARVER, LEON | Government | Louisiana. Department of Urban and Community Affairs


  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Tarver, Leon Interviewee


This segment from the February 12, 1984, episode of the series “Folks” features Genevieve Stewart’s interview with Leon Tarver, the former Secretary of Urban and Community Affairs and the first African American to serve as the secretary of a state agency since Reconstruction. He discusses: why he left the private sector for government service; the attention he received because of his appointment; his experience in the position; the high number of African Americans in Governor Edwin Edwards’ administration; why he left the office; and his desire to return to public office.