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Thomas Todd Speech, Part 2 (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-11-25

Duration: 00:16:00

Subjects: Civil Rights | Todd, Thomas N., 1938- | Richardson, Rupert | Young, A.Z., 1920-1993 | African Americans | Politics


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Todd, Thomas Speaker
  • Richardson, Rupert Interviewee
  • Young, A.Z. Interviewee


This segment from the November 25, 1984, episode of the series “Folks” features the second part of Rob Hinton presenting highlights of a passionate speech given by Thomas Todd, a civil rights activist and the former president of Operation PUSH, in New Orleans. He discusses the need for a new black militancy, the Democratic Party taking black voters for granted, the need for black political candidates, and his view of America. Hinton also conducts an in-studio interview with Rupert Richardson, the president of the Louisiana NAACP, and A.Z. Young of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, on their reaction to Todd’s speech.