‘Separate But Unequal’ on St. George re-airs today

The PBS “Frontline” documentary “Separate But Unequal” and Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s follow-up program “Breaking Away” will re-air at 9 p.m. Friday on LPB2 (cable Channel 122).

The programs are also available online at video.lpb.org.

The “Frontline” documentary looks at the efforts to create the new city of St. George from the unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish.

In the process, it would create a separate school system for that city.

Following the program, LPB hosted a special “Louisiana Public Square” called “Breaking Away” that gave proponents and opponents of the St. George movement a chance to comment on the documentary.

Participants included St. George leaders Norman Browning and Lionel Rainey; state Sen. Bodi White; state Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith; East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Barbara Freiberg; School Board Attorney Domoine Rutledge; Metro Council members Chandler Loupe and Tara Wicker; Belinda Davis of One Community One School District; investigative journalist John Camp; Professor Jared Llorens, of LSU; and St. George proponent Dustin Yates.

Loupe said it was the first time that all of the principals in the St. George debate had been in the same room. The discussion was moderated by LPB’s Shauna Sanford.