Dialogue on race necessary to move Louisiana beyond fear

The reactions to the Department of Justice’s decision to not charge police in the shooting death of Alton Sterling have divided largely along racial lines. Baton Rouge like many cities was racially segregated at its founding.Although the city has undergone “desegregation,” in the last several decades clear racial divisions exist most vividly with Florida Blvd … Continue reading

‘This is Jazz’: Meet Maxine Crump, pioneer

At 24, Maxine Crump was independent, bold, and working in what had been seen as a highly successful career for women. “During those times, you were encouraged to be a teacher, a nurse, or a secretary.” Crump-who taught herself to type-was a secretary, but on Sunday nights her voice piped through Greater Baton Rouge’s radio … Continue reading

Baton Rouge pioneers: Black women break into journalism

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we looked into our own industry to find the presence of Black women in news. Today, there are dozens Black female journalists and news producers in Baton Rouge who have followed the path chartered by three phenomenal pioneers. Here are their stories: During the same span of five years … Continue reading