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Congressman-Elect William Jefferson (1990)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1990-12-21

Duration: 00:27:55

Subjects: Jefferson, William J. (William Jennings), 1947- | African Americans | Politics


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Jefferson, Betty Interviewee
  • Jefferson, Mose Interviewee
  • Jackson, Barbara Interviewee
  • Wade, Donald Interviewee
  • Jetson, Raymond Interviewee
  • Price, Harold Interviewee
  • Copelin, Sherman Interviewee
  • Bankston, Larry Interviewee
  • Jefferson, William Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from December 21, 1990, focuses on the election of William Jefferson as the first African American to represent Louisiana in Congress since Reconstruction. Jeff Duhe first profiles Congressman-Elect Jefferson. His report includes interviews with: Betty Jefferson, his sister; Mose Jefferson, his brother and campaign manager; Barbara Jackson, his sister; Donald Wade of the Southern Alumni Federation; State Representative Raymond Jetson; Harold Price, the acting secretary of the Louisiana Department of Commerce; State Representative Sherman Copelin; and State Senator Larry Bankston. Robert Collins then interviews Congressman-Elect Jefferson, who discusses: his time in the Louisiana Legislature; his agenda in Congress; his plans to help New Orleans; his role in representing the African American community around the state; his view of the Persian Gulf Crisis in Iraq; and the political future of Marc Morial, his opponent in the election.