Few people know that U.L. at Lafayette (formerly known as U.S.L.) was at the forefront of integration. Specifically, the university integrated many of its sports programs nearly a decade ahead of other colleges in the Deep South and before it was ordered by the federal government to do so and the university’s basketball team paid the price. There has been, and continues to this day, to be no mention by any national media outlet of one of the most severe penalties ever handed down by the NCAA. In 1973 the University of Southwestern Louisiana's basketball program was placed on probation for two years. Along with basketball, all sports received four years probation from post-season participation and a nationwide television blackout.
Lights out in Blackham is new documentary is currently being filmed that details the story of the team, the coaches, and the NCAA’s decision to punish the university for it decision to integrate.
Lights out in Blackham trailer
Still in the early stages of filming, the production is also soliciting donations to complete the film. For more information, visit lightsoutinblackham.com.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.