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March on the Mansion (1996)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-03-01

Duration: 00:09:24

Subjects: Affirmative Action | African Americans


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Johnson, Ernest Interviewee
  • Guidry, John Interviewee


This segment from the March 1, 1996, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robert Collins’ report on the March on the Mansion, a group of several thousand people marching from Memorial Stadium to the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge to protest Governor Mike Foster’s executive order repealing minority and women’s affirmative action programs. His report includes an interview with Ernest Johnson, the president of the Louisiana chapter of the NAACP. Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with State Senator John Guidry, who discusses his disagreement with Governor Foster’s stance on affirmative action and the Legislative Black Caucus’ plans for dealing with Foster’s legislative agenda.