11/09 Monday: Civil Rights Era Author, Louisiana Politics, and the Gubernatorial Election


Sybil Morial

Sybil Haydel Morial is a native of New Orleans and witness to the Civil Rights Era "from Jim Crow to Political Empowerment." She attended Boston University, where she met Martin Luther King Jr, her fellow student.  Morial became the first African-American to teach in the Newton, Massachusetts, public-school system.  Upon returning to New Orleans, Sybil participated in some of the first tests for integration attempting to enroll at both Tulane and Loyola. In 1962, she was the lone plaintiff in a successful challenge to a statute prohibiting public-school teachers from being involved in any organization advocating civil rights. She also formed the Louisiana League of Good Government to help African-American citizens register to vote.  

She shares her book Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment


Tyler Bridges

Tyler Bridges is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans and Lima, Peru, who was twice a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams. He is a former reporter for The Miami Herald and The Times-Picayune and author of Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards and The Rise of David Duke.  He comments on the upcoming Gubernatorial election in less than two weeks.  


Jeffrey Sadow

Dr. Jeff Sadow is an Associate Professor of History and Political Science at LSU in Shreveport.  He is also a columnist for The Advocate.  He discusses his article 'John Bel Edwards not holding to honor code with litany of deceit during campaign' published in The Advocate yesterday.