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The Black Side of Desegregation: The History of Paul Breaux High, Part 2 (1982)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-02-11

Duration: 00:27:09

Subjects: INTEGRATION | School integration. | Desegregation | Busing for school integration | Paul Breaux High School (Lafayette, La.) | Education | Civil Rights


  • Sexton, Sharon Elizabeth Reporter
  • Moring, Greg Photographer
  • Bryan, William Photographer
  • Smith, Valerian Theme Music
  • Moring, Greg Editor
  • Sexton, Sharon Elizabeth Writer
  • Moring, Greg Director
  • LaFontaine, Mary Esther Interviewee
  • Bernard, Kasandra Interviewee
  • Mason, Ronald, Jr. Interviewee
  • Benjamin, Louis, Jr. Interviewee
  • Baranco, Raphael Interviewee
  • Jackson, James C. Interviewee
  • Davis, Gregory Interviewee
  • McKnight, A.J. Interviewee
  • Henderson, Robert Interviewee
  • Duhon, Dudley Interviewee
  • Foote, Lloyd Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from February 11, 1982, explores the effects of school desegregation on the black community in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. The major topics discussed include: the closure of Paul Breaux High School in 1970, which served as the only public high school available to African American students during segregation; the history of the proposed desegregation plans since 1970; the use of busing as a way to achieve racial balance in schools, a burden which effects the black community in a higher proportion than the white community; and the feeling that the desegregation plan that was enacted has not resulted in meeting the overall goal of providing black students with equal access to a quality education.