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Long Black Song, Part 2

North Star



Genre: History, Educational

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985

Duration: 00:14:52

Subjects: BLACK HISTORY | Civil Rights | Southern University and A & M College | Civil rights demonstrations | SIT-INS | KRESS DEPARTMENT STORE | GREYHOUND BUS COMPANY | Sitman's Drug Store (Baton Rouge, La.) | Smith, Valerian E., 1926-1992


  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Hinton, Rob Reporter
  • Smith, Valerian Performer
  • Johnson, Kenneth Speaker
  • Robinson, Marvin Speaker
  • Jordan, Edna Speaker
  • Hurst, Lawrence Speaker


This episode of the series "North Star" from 1985 focuses on the history of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. It includes the story of the 1960 Baton Rouge sit-ins by Southern University students at the lunch counter at the Kress Department Store, Sitman’s Drug Store and the Greyhound Bus Station, as well as speeches made by the participants about their experiences at a Southern University program commemorating the 25th anniversary of the sit-ins. This episode also features Dr. Valerian Smith performing excerpts from his musical composition “Tribulations,” a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Host: Genevieve Stewart