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Concerns of Black Leaders (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-01-08

Duration: 00:25:50

Subjects: African Americans | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Richardson, Rupert | Turnley, Richard, Jr. | Delpit, Joseph A. | Jackson, Jesse, 1941- | Politics | Elections, 1984 | United States presidential election, 1984


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Richardson, Rupert Interviewee
  • Turnley, Richard Interviewee
  • Delpit, Joe Interviewee
  • Singleton, Oneal Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from January 8, 1984, focuses on the concerns of Louisiana’s black leaders in 1984. Rob Hinton first interviews Rupert Richardson, the president of the Louisiana chapter of the NAACP. She discusses: the major issues of 1983 in the areas of civil rights, education, employment, and economic development; their focus on voter registration for the upcoming 1984 presidential election; the candidacy of Reverend Jesse Jackson; and their focus on youth outreach in 1984. Genevieve Stewart then interviews State Senator-elect Richard Turnley, the chairman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. He discusses the candidacy of Reverend Jesse Jackson and his priorities for 1984 in the areas of economic development, pollution, crime, and teen pregnancy. Stewart also interviews State Representative Joe Delpit, who discusses: the candidacy of Reverend Jesse Jackson; his priorities in the areas of economic development and health care; Governor-Elect Edwin Edwards’ support of him for Speaker Pro-Temp; and the need for a black agenda in Louisiana. Lastly, Rob Hinton visits with Oneal Singleton of Donaldsonville, a brick layer and the inventor of a fireplace that heats an entire home.