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Black Artists in Louisiana (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-01-22

Duration: 00:25:19

Subjects: Education | Arts | African American artists


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Hamilton, Marilyn Interviewee
  • Taylor, Willene Interviewee
  • Johnson, Isceola Interviewee
  • Thomas, Richard Interviewee
  • Batiste, Elton Interviewee
  • Jordan, Jack Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from January 22, 1984, features stories on education and black artists in Louisiana. Genevieve Stewart first presents a re-broadcast of her report on the reasons why children in the public school system are struggling to read and testing poorly on standardized tests. She interviews Marilyn Hamilton, an associate professor of speech at LSU, and Dr. Willene Taylor, an English professor at Southern University in New Orleans. Rob Hinton then profiles Isceola Johnson, a fifth grade teacher in Baton Rouge who uses her original songs to teach her students science and social studies. Lastly, Stewart visits the “Exposition in Black” exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, the first showing at a major gallery to focus solely on the work of Louisiana’s black artists. She interviews: Richard Thomas, the guest curator; Elton Batiste, artist; and Dr. Jack Jordan, sculptor.