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Higher Education Desegregation Panel Discussion (1989)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-11-24

Duration: 00:25:17

Subjects: HIGHER EDUCATION | College integration


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Kennedy, John Neely Panelist
  • Stone, Jesse Panelist
  • Hamilton, Mary Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from November 24, 1989, features Robert Collins leading a panel discussion on the higher education desegregation plan approved by the federal court. The panelists are: John Kennedy, the special counsel to Governor Buddy Roemer; Jesse Stone, a law professor at Southern University and the former president of the Southern University System; and Mary Hamilton, the student government association president at Southeastern Louisiana University and the student member on the State Board of Trustees. They discuss: Attorney General William Guste’s decision to file a motion superseding Kennedy’s role as the chief counsel for the state; the work of the student government presidents in putting together a report on the racial tensions on their campuses; and the desegregation plan approved by the court, including the tiered system for colleges and universities, the move to a single higher education management board, and the merger of the LSU and Southern University Law Centers.