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Higher Education Consent Decree (1988)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-01-08

Duration: 00:02:46

Subjects: HIGHER EDUCATION | College integration | Desegregation | Universities and colleges | Historically black colleges and universities


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Jefferson, William Speaker
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Douglas, Nathanial Speaker


This segment from the January 8, 1988, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Rob Hinton’s report on the efforts to extend the federal consent decree for higher education in Louisiana, which was set to expire on December 31, 1987. Hinton reports that the United States Department of Justice ordered the consent decree in 1981 in order to desegregate the state’s colleges and universities. His report includes: State Senator William Jefferson discussing the Legislative Black Caucus’ support for extending the consent decree; an interview with Governor-Elect Buddy Roemer on the reasons he supports ending the consent decree; and an interview with Nathanial Douglas of the United States Department of Justice on the ongoing meetings between the DOJ, the state’s black colleges, and the Board of Regents on the possibility of extending the consent decree.