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Louisiana’s Black Church, Part 2 (2021)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-02-12

Duration: 00:06:46

Subjects: African American churches | Civil Rights Movement | History | Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, Baton Rouge, La., 1953


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Vincent, Charles Interviewee
  • Smith, Vincent Interviewee
  • Brown, Rene Interviewee


This segment from the February 12, 2021, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kara St. Cyr’s report on the important role played by African American churches during the Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana. She focuses on Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge and the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott and Pleasant Green Baptist Church in St. Francisville and a voter registration effort in West Feliciana Parish. She interviews: Charles Vincent, a history professor at Southern University; Vincent Smith, a member of Pleasant Green; and Rene Brown, the preacher at Mt. Zion. This report is a part of the “Louisiana’s Black Church: The Politics of Perseverance” series.