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Southern University's Timbuktu Academy (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-06-10

Duration: 00:05:42

Subjects: Education | Southern University and A & M College | Science


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Reporter
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Editor
  • Kelly, Eva Interviewee
  • Oko, Obi Interviewee
  • Bagayoko, Kelley Speaker


This segment from the June 10, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on the Timbuktu Academy at Southern University in Baton Rouge, an academic summer camp that emphasizes science and math for students in third through twelfth grades. Lincoln interviews Dr. Eva Kelly, the co-director of Timbuktu Academy, who discusses the Academy’s motto of “practice makes perfect”, the history of the Academy, and the program’s role in closing the achievement gap for African American students. Lincoln also interviews alumnus Obi Oko, who discusses his experience in the Academy’s Challenge Program and his plans to attend medical school. She also sits in on a language arts class taught by alumnus Kelley Bagayoko. Host: Charlie Whinham