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NAACP State Conference (1981)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-12-03

Duration: 00:09:27

Subjects: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | African Americans | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Apportionment (Election law) | Politics


  • Sexton, Sharon Elizabeth Host
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Holmes, Allen Interviewee
  • Richardson, Emily Interviewee
  • Ford, Bob Interviewee
  • Taylor, Iantha Interviewee
  • Shelling, Cassandra Interviewee
  • Ardoin, Linton Interviewee
  • Richardson, Rupert Interviewee
  • Laviolette, Ed Interviewee


This segment from the December 3, 1981, episode of the series “Folks” features Sharon Elizabeth Sexton’s report on the NAACP State Conference in Lafayette. It includes highlights of Governor Dave Treen’s speech explaining his opposition to establishing a majority African American Congressional district in Louisiana’s new reapportionment plan. Sexton also interviews conference attendees on their reaction to Treen’s speech, including: Allen Holmes of Marksville; Emily Richardson of Lake Charles; Bob Ford of Baton Rouge; Iantha Taylor of Lafayette; Cassandra Shelling of Monroe; Linton Ardoin of the Louisiana Department of Urban and Community Affairs; Rupert Richardson, the president of the NAACP State Conference; and Ed Laviolette of New Orleans.