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Grambling State University (1986)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Grambling, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-04-27

Duration: 00:24:08

Subjects: Johnson, Joseph Benjamin, 1934- | Historically black colleges and universities | HIGHER EDUCATION | GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Johnson, Joseph Interviewee
  • Simpson, Claude Interviewee
  • Young, Phillip Interviewee
  • Smith, Betty Interviewee
  • Lewis, David Interviewee
  • Williams, Anne Interviewee
  • Dauzat, Jo Ann Interviewee
  • Sims, Earline Interviewee
  • Todd, Thomas Interviewee
  • Hutchinson, Conrad Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from April 27, 1986, features a profile of Grambling State University, a historically black college and university in Grambling, Louisiana. Sonya Masingale first reports on the history of the university. Rob Hinton then interviews Dr. Joseph Johnson, university president, who discusses: their academic programs; their mission; the impact of budget cuts on the university; the federal cuts to financial aid; and his optimism for the future. Next, Hinton reports on the university’s academic programs. It includes interviews with: Dr. Claude Simpson, computer information systems; Dr. Phillip Young, dean of the College of Science and Technology; Dr. Betty Smith, School of Nursing; David Lewis, associate professor of criminal justice; Dr. Anne Williams, College of Basic Studies; Dr. Jo Ann Dauzat, director of Professional Lab Experiences; and Dr. Earline Sims of the Department of Teacher Education. Hinton then discusses the Grambling alumni who have been featured on “Folks,” including Chicago attorney Thomas Todd. Lastly, Masingale presents a rebroadcast of a 1982 performance by the marching band.