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Divorce in the Black Community (1987)




Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-01-11

Duration: 00:25:01

Subjects: Marriage | Divorce | African Americans


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Nesbitt, Robin Interviewee
  • Jackson, Belvia Interviewee
  • Ledoux, Jerome Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from January 11, 1987, features Sonya Masingale leading a panel discussion on divorce in the black community. The panelists are: Robin Nesbitt, attorney; Belvia Jackson, social worker; and Father Jerome Ledoux, the pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. They discuss: the reasons for the high divorce rate in the black community; the long-term implications for the black family; the financial and spiritual costs of divorce; the importance of pre-marriage counseling; the elements of a stable marriage; the reluctance of men to seek marriage counseling; and the need for a return to traditional values.