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"Black America Since MLK" Panel Discussion (2016)




Genre: Panel

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-11-09

Duration: 00:56:56

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Southern University and A & M College | Andrews, Donald | Samuels, Albert L. (Albert Leon), 1966- | Barrow, Regina Ashford | African Americans | Race | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Obama, Barack | Politics | Elections, 2016 | United States presidential election, 2016 | Trump, Donald, 1946-


  • Merrick, Robyn Host
  • Clayton, Paula Hartley Speaker
  • Courtney, Beth Speaker
  • Andrews, Donald Panelist
  • Mitchell, Michael "A.V." Panelist
  • Barrow, Regina Panelist
  • Samuels, Albert Panelist
  • Harris, Zana Panelist


Robyn Merrick hosts a preview screening and panel discussion on the PBS mini-series “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” at Southern University in Baton Rouge on November 9, 2016. Paula Hartley Clayton, the president of the La Capitale Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Beth Courtney, the president and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, address the crowd before the preview screening. Following the screening, Merrick leads a discussion with the following panelists: Dr. Donald Andrews, the Dean of the College of Business at Southern University; Michael “A.V.” Mitchell, of MetroMorphosis and the Urban Congress of African American Males; State Senator Regina Barrow; Dr. Albert Samuels, the chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science at Southern University; and Zana Harris, the student government president at Southern University. They discuss: what they would say to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. about the past fifty years; President Barack Obama’s impact as the first African American president; President Obama’s impact on higher education and historically black colleges and universities; what it means to be black in America today; the wealth and achievement gap of African Americans; the divide within the African American community; the results of the 2016 presidential election; and the negative economic impact of integration on African American small businesses.