Below are some historical Grambling State University documentaries, published by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Many Grambling Alumni participated in the creation of these videos. You can watch the documentaries via YouTube by following links below:
The Classic Battle | Folks (1982)
This episode of the series “Folks” from November 21, 1982, features Sharon Elizabeth Sexton’s report on the upcoming Bayou Classic in New Orleans and the importance of the rivalry between Grambling State University (GSU) in Grambling, Louisiana, and Southern University (SU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her report covers the history of the schools, the rivalry between the football teams and marching bands, and the growing importance of the Bayou Classic. It also includes highlights of performances by the Grambling State Tiger Marching Band and the Southern University Marching Band, also known as the Human Jukebox. Sexton interviews: John Anderson, the SU SGA President; Alvin Washington, the GSU SGA President; Dr. Joseph Johnson, GSU president; Buck Buchanan, GSU alumnus; W.L. Johnson, SU Alumni President; Eddie Robinson, GSU head football coach; Dr. Jesse Stone, SU president; Woody Peoples, GSU alumnus; Dr. Isaac Greggs, SU band director; Dr. Conrad Hutchinson, GSU band director; and Otis Washington, SU head football coach.
Grambling State University Folks (1986)
This episode of the series “Folks” from April 27, 1986, features a profile of Grambling State University, a historically black college and university in Grambling, Louisiana. Sonya Masingale first reports on the history of the university. Rob Hinton then interviews Dr. Joseph Johnson, university president, who discusses: their academic programs; their mission; the impact of budget cuts on the university; the federal cuts to financial aid; and his optimism for the future. Next, Hinton reports on the university’s academic programs. It includes interviews with: Dr. Claude Simpson, computer information systems; Dr. Phillip Young, dean of the College of Science and Technology; Dr. Betty Smith, School of Nursing; David Lewis, associate professor of criminal justice; Dr. Anne Williams, College of Basic Studies; Dr. Jo Ann Dauzat, director of Professional Lab Experiences; and Dr. Earline Sims of the Department of Teacher Education. Hinton then discusses the Grambling alumni who have been featured on “Folks,” including Chicago attorney Thomas Todd. Lastly, Masingale presents a rebroadcast of a 1982 performance by the marching band.
A 2010 documentary chronicling the life and career of Eddie Robinson, the head football coach of Grambling State University from 1941-1997. During his career, Coach Robinson won 408 games and sent over 200 players to the NFL. The documentary covers Robinson’s development of the Grambling football program, his fight against segregation, and the success of his players in the NFL, including Paul “Tank” Younger, Willie Brown, and Doug Williams. It also showcases the opening of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum on the Grambling campus, including speeches by Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, Eddie Robinson, Jr., Notre Dame Football Coach Brian Kelly, and former Grambling Baseball Coach Wilbert Ellis. The documentary also includes interviews with Willie Brown, Doug Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin, NBA Hall of Famer Willis Reed, and Wilbert Ellis. Host: Charlie Whinham
Source: Louisiana Public Broadcasting YouTube Page