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Higher Education Desegregation Court Hearing (1989)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-03-17

Duration: 00:06:49

Subjects: HIGHER EDUCATION | College integration


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Sockman, Roger Reporter
  • Treen, Dave Interviewee
  • Verkuil, Paul Interviewee
  • Kennedy, John Neely Interviewee
  • Jefferson, William Interviewee
  • Todd, Thomas Interviewee


This segment from the March 17, 1989, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Roger Sockman’s report on the first federal court hearing in New Orleans related to the state’s plan to desegregate higher education. Sockman reports that the parties could not reach an agreement prior to the hearing. His report includes interviews with: former Governor Dave Treen; Paul Verkuil, court-appointed special master; John Kennedy, attorney for the state of Louisiana; State Senator William Jefferson, the attorney for Southern University; and Thomas Todd, the attorney for the Grambling State University Alumni Association. Host: Ken Lormand