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Poverty (2005)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-01-19

Duration: 00:57:22

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942- | Poverty


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Zewe, Charles Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Williamson, Ann Interviewee
  • Day, Jeff Interviewee
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • Harris, Larry Interviewee
  • Knockum, Gwendolyn Interviewee
  • Hebert, Marie Speaker
  • Scherff, Mary Speaker
  • Miller, Bettsie Speaker
  • Johnson, Charles Speaker
  • Chandler, Linda Speaker
  • Thomas, Parry Speaker
  • Elkins, Ed Speaker
  • Gordon, Paula Speaker
  • Sistrunk, Tim Speaker
  • Hill, Tommy Speaker
  • Ellender, Glenda Speaker
  • Davis, Margot Speaker
  • Pointer, Rose Speaker
  • Turner, Linda Speaker
  • Knight, Kelli Speaker
  • Conley, Renae Speaker
  • Blanco, Kathleen Panelist
  • Smith, John Warner Panelist
  • Bourg, Lorna Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 19, 2005, features Charles Zewe leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the high poverty rate in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Secretary Ann Williamson of the Louisiana Department of Social Services; Reverend Jeff Day, the executive director of the Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues; Barry Erwin, the president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL); Larry Harris, the principal at Broadmoor Elementary School in Baton Rouge; and Gwendolyn Knockum, a grandmother living in poverty. The audience members then discuss the causes of poverty. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Governor Kathleen Blanco; Secretary John Warner Smith of the Louisiana Department of Labor; and Lorna Bourg, the executive director of the Southern Mutual Help Association. They discuss: the high number of Louisiana children living in poverty; breaking the cycle of poverty through job training and education; the role of the business community; and homelessness. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Charles Zewe