User Login

Login Access

Search the Collections

50th Anniversary of the Bayou Classic (2023)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Grambling, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-11-24

Duration: 00:08:27

Subjects: Bayou Classic (Football game) | Southern University and A & M College | GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY | College sports | Historically black colleges and universities | FOOTBALL


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Shields, Dennis Interviewee
  • Gallot, Rick Interviewee
  • Williams, Doug Interviewee
  • Stone, Jesse Speaker
  • Greggs, Isaac Speaker
  • Taylor, Kedric Interviewee
  • Whitfield, Rani Interviewee
  • Roebuck, Nikole Interviewee
  • Robinson, Eddie Speaker
  • Washington, Alvin Interviewee
  • Johnson, Joseph Speaker


This segment from the November 24, 2023, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen LeBlanc’s report on the 50th anniversary of the Bayou Classic between Grambling State University and Southern University. She interviews: Dr. Dennis Shields, president of Southern University; Rick Gallot, president of Grambling State University; Doug Williams, former Grambling player and coach; Dr. Kedric Taylor, director of bands for Southern; Dr. Rani Whitfield, vice chair of the Southern University Board of Supervisors; Dr. Nikole Roebuck, director of bands for Grambling; and Alvin Washington, Grambling alum. It also includes archival interviews with: Dr. Jesse Stone, Southern president from 1974-1985; Dr. Isaac Greggs, former Southern band director; Eddie Robinson, Grambling coach from 1947-1997; and Joseph Johnson, Grambling president from 1977-1991.