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1972 Southern University Protests (2022)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2022-11-11

Duration: 00:05:00

Subjects: Southern University and A & M College | Demonstrations


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Hawkins, Drew Interviewee
  • Dunn, Brittany Interviewee


This segment from the November 11, 2022, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kara St. Cyr’s report on the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Southern University protests that led to the deaths of two students, Denver Smith and Leonard Brown, during an encounter with police. She interviews Drew Hawkins and Brittany Dunn, two students investigating the event for the LSU Cold Case Project.