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Illiteracy in Louisiana (1987)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, Elton, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-05-24

Duration: 00:27:33

Subjects: Literacy | Reading | Southern University and A & M College


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Herbert-Guidry, Grace Interviewee
  • Moss, Joyce Interviewee
  • Jones, Gayle Interviewee
  • Carrier, James Interviewee
  • Jack, Aquanetta Interviewee
  • Francis, Leo Interviewee
  • Lavan, Josie Interviewee
  • Taylor, Earl Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from May 24, 1987, focuses on illiteracy in Louisiana. Sonya Masingale profiles the Reach and Teach program and visits classes in Opelousas, Jennings, and Elton. She interviews: Grace Herbert-Guidry, tutor in Opelousas; Joyce Moss and Gayle Jones, tutors in Jennings; Aquanetta Jack, tutor in Elton; and James Carrier, Leo Francis, and Josie Lavan, students in Elton. Masingale also conducts an in-studio interview with Earl Taylor, an instructor at Southern University in Baton Rouge and the state director of the Reach and Teach program. He discusses: the founding of the program at Southern University in 1973; the reasons for his commitment to the program; how they train the tutors; and the other subjects they teach, including consumer information.