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The New Orleans Four (1983)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-04-24

Duration: 00:26:56

Subjects: Civil Rights | Education | School integration. | New Orleans Public Schools | William Frantz Elementary School (New Orleans, La.) | MCDONOGH #19 SCHOOL | BRIDGES, RUBY | Tate, Leona | Prevost, Tessie | Etienne, Gail | Louisiana. Legislature


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Parker, Gene Photographer
  • Carroll, Mark Photographer
  • James, Frank Photographer
  • James, Frank Editor
  • Hinton, Rob Editor
  • Hinton, Rob Producer
  • Stewart, Genevieve Producer
  • Stewart, Jack Interviewee
  • Tate, Leona Interviewee
  • Rittner, Lloyd Interviewee
  • Jamison, Jo Ann Speaker
  • Morial, Ernest Speaker
  • Johnson, Clifton Speaker
  • Barthelemy, Sidney Speaker
  • Prevost, Tessie Speaker
  • Bridges, Ruby Interviewee
  • Prevost, Tessie Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from April 24, 1983, focuses on the integration of the New Orleans Public Schools on November 14, 1960, by Ruby Bridges at William Frantz Elementary School and Leona Tate, Tessie Prevost and Gail Etienne at McDonogh 19. It features: a look back at the events of November 1960, including the desegregation of the two schools, protests by white citizens, a news conference with the parents of Bridges, Tate, Prevost and Etienne with their backs to the camera because of their fear of being recognized, interviews with white parents who moved their children to temporary schools and the attempts of the Louisiana Legislature to take over the school system; a ceremony held by the New Orleans Citizens Memorial Committee on April 18, 1983, honoring the courage of Bridges, Tate, Prevost, Etienne and their families; and interviews with Bridges and Prevost after the ceremony. Please note the use of the “N” word at the 00:06:46 mark of this video. Hosts: Rob Hinton and Genevieve Stewart