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History of Southern University (1989)




Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-02-26

Duration: 00:27:48

Subjects: Southern University and A & M College | BLACK HISTORY MONTH | Sims, Ruby | Clark, Joseph Samuel, 1871-1944 | Clark, Felton Grandison, 1903-1970 | Mackie, Amanda Kelly | Knox, Annie B. | Moore, James Blaine, -1959 | Smith, Clarence O. | Essence Magazine | Business | African Americans


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Masingale, Sonya Producer
  • Simmons, Chuck Director
  • Batiste, Maynard Theme Music
  • Sims, Ruby Interviewee
  • Smith, Clarence O. Interviewee
  • Hopkins, Noah Interviewee
  • Allen, Michael Interviewee
  • Barker, Kim Interviewee
  • Dillon, Matt Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from February 26, 1989, is the fourth and final part of the “Pause for Pride” series celebrating Black History Month. It features: an interview with Dr. Ruby Sims on the history of Southern University in Baton Rouge and the surrounding township, Scotlandville; an interview with Clarence O. Smith, the president of Essence Communications, Inc.; and an interview with Noah Hopkins, a businessman in New Orleans, on his founding of First Fridays, an event for black businesspeople in Baton Rouge. Host: Sonya Masingale