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MLK Day Holiday Controversy (1986)




Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-02-2

Duration: 00:09:28

Subjects: East Baton Rouge Parish (La.). School Board. | Holidays | Martin Luther King, Jr., Day | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Mayhem, Marguerite Speaker
  • Hollis, Catherine Speaker
  • Legard, Eva Speaker
  • Talbot, Jim Speaker
  • Millican, Frank Interviewee
  • Legard, Eva Interviewee


This segment from the February 2, 1986, episode of the series “Folks” features Rob Hinton’s report on the East Baton Rouge School Board voting to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the classroom in future years. Hinton reports that the School Board did not declare MLK Day 1986 as a day off from school until the Thursday before the holiday. His report includes highlights from the recent school board meeting, including: public comments by Marguerite Mayhem and Catherine Hollis; comments by school board members Eva Legard and Jim Talbot; and interviews with school board members Frank Millican and Eva Legard.