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Educator John Sterling Dawson’s Legacy (2017)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-07-28

Duration: 00:05:59

Subjects: Education | West Feliciana Parish Public Schools | Segregation | Dawson, John Sterling, 1871-1950


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Milton, Hollis Interviewee
  • Hardy, Henry Interviewee
  • Jones, Johnnie Interviewee
  • Wilkerson, Roosevelt Interviewee
  • Miller, Calvin Interviewee
  • Romsey-Minor, Myrtle Interviewee


This segment from the July 28, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Dorothy Kendrick’s report on the legacy of John Sterling Dawson (1871-1950), an educator who taught the African American children of West Feliciana Parish during segregation. Kendrick reports that Dawson’s sons later served as the principals of Dawson High School from 1951-1969. She interviews: Superintendent Hollis Milton of the West Feliciana Parish Public Schools; Dr. Henry Hardy, a former Dawson student and math professor; Johnnie Jones, a former Dawson student and civil rights attorney; Roosevelt Wilkerson, a former Dawson student; Calvin Miller, a former Dawson High student; and Myrtle Romsey-Minor, a former Dawson High student. Host: Andre Moreau