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Southern University Celebrates Centennial in Baton Rouge (2014)

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: 2014-04-11

Duration: 00:06:53

Subjects: Southern University and A & M College | Historically black colleges and universities | HIGHER EDUCATION | Clark, Felton Grandison, 1903-1970 | SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY RIOTS | Clark, Joseph Samuel, 1871-1944


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Vincent, Charles Interviewee
  • Llorens, James Interviewee
  • Ambrose, Margaret Interviewee


This segment from the April 11, 2014, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s story on the 100th Anniversary of Southern University’s move from New Orleans to its current location in Baton Rouge. She talks to Dr. Charles Vincent, a history professor at Southern University, about the university’s more than 30-year struggle to find a larger location. He also talks about Southern’s history in Baton Rouge, including the importance of its first two presidents, Dr. J.S. Clark and Dr. Felton G. Clark, and the impact of the 1972 shooting of students Denver Smith and Leonard Brown during a campus protest. Sanford also speaks to Chancellor James Lloren and Margaret Ambrose, a member of the Centennial Committee, about the challenges still facing the university. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford