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Higher Education Desegregation Plan (1988)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-11-18

Duration: 00:26:26

Subjects: HIGHER EDUCATION | College integration


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Sockman, Roger Reporter
  • Treen, Dave Interviewee
  • Beard, Sharon Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Simmons, Norbert Interviewee
  • Kennedy, John Neely Interviewee
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee
  • Kelly, Eamond Interviewee
  • Harris, Corie Interviewee
  • Green, Nicholas Interviewee
  • Conner, Bryan Interviewee
  • Smith, Tarvald Interviewee
  • Gipson, Rochelle Interviewee
  • Hurst, Christine Interviewee
  • Moody, Laura Interviewee
  • Ellezy, David Interviewee
  • James, Patrick Interviewee
  • Kelly, Kim Interviewee
  • Lowe, Milton Interviewee
  • Mulcahy, Kevin Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from November 18, 1988, features Ken Lormand and Roger Sockman reporting on the state’s plan to desegregate higher education. First, Lormand reports on the 1981 consent decree reached between the State of Louisiana and the United States Department of Justice. He interviews former Governor Dave Treen and Sharon Beard, a staff member with the Board of Regents. Next, Sockman reports on the state’s plan that will be presented to a federal court, which includes the consolidation of the state’s four higher education boards, categorizing schools into tiers, and transferring programs in the same geographical location. His report includes highlights of a press conference with Governor Buddy Roemer, as well as interviews with Norbert Simmons of the Board of Regents and John Kennedy, special counsel to Governor Roemer. Next, Lormand reports on the reaction to the state’s plan. He interviews: Mark Drennen of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); Dr. Eamond Kelly of Tulane University; Corie Harris, LSU professor; Nicholas Green, Bryan Conner, Tarvald Smith, Rochelle Gipson, and Christine Hurst, Southern University students; Laura Moody, a white Southern University alum and employee; and David Ellezy, Patrick James, and Kim Kelly, LSU students. Lastly, Lormand conducts an in-studio interviews with Professor Milton Lowe of Southern and Professor Kevin Mulcahy of LSU, who share their thoughts on the desegregation plan.