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LABI Works with the Black Community (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-07-01

Duration: 00:07:10

Subjects: Politics | Louisiana Association of Business and Industry | African Americans


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Clark, Robert Speaker
  • Steimel, Ed Interviewee
  • Turnley, Richard Interviewee
  • Charbonnet, Louis Interviewee
  • Richardson, Rupert Speaker


This segment from the July 1, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)’s efforts to work with the black community. It includes: highlights from LABI’s recent workshop to help black political candidates, including a speech by State Representative Robert Clark of Mississippi; an interview with LABI president Ed Steimel on the reasons behind LABI’s efforts to garner support from the black community; an interview with State Representative Richard Turnley, the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, on his belief that the timing of the initiative is suspect because it is an election year; an interview with State Representative Louis Charbonnet on LABI’s realization that they have to reach out to the black community; and Rupert Richardson, the president of the Louisiana NAACP, speaking at the Baton Rouge Press Club about her support of LABI’s efforts. Host: Beth George