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Black Political Power (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-06-25

Duration: 00:05:25

Subjects: Politics | African Americans | Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus | VOTER REGISTRATION | MARCHES | NAACP | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Apportionment (Election law) | REAPPORTIONMENT | Louisiana. Legislature. House of Representatives | United States. Congress. House | United States. Department of Justice


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Hainkel, John Interviewee
  • Kellogg, James Interviewee


This segment from the June 25, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the efforts made by black leaders to strengthen the political power of African Americans in Louisiana. This report includes the following: highlights from the 246-mile march from Shreveport to Baton Rouge sponsored by the Legislative Black Caucus and the NAACP to encourage black voter registration and voter education; the submission of a new Louisiana House of Representatives redistricting plan to the U.S. Department of Justice with more black majority districts, per the department’s instructions; and details on an upcoming lawsuit challenging the new Congressional district lines because of the lack of a majority black district in the New Orleans area. Host: Beth George