Longtime Shreveport educator passes
(Photo Taken By Douglas Collier/The Times)

Shreveport, LA (KOKA) – Well-known local author, historian, public servant and educator passes away Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Willie Burton Sr. was a longtime professor at Southern University at Shreveport. He started at Southern in 1968 and educated hundreds of students through the university’s Social Science Department. Burton also chaired the department for many years.

Burton was known as a local historian that made it priority to educate citizens on African American History. He authored the book entitled, “On the Black Side of Shreveport: A History” and “The Blacker the Berry…A Black History of Shreveport.”

Photo shared from Southern University at Shreveport Archives

He also was elected to District 3 of the Caddo Parish School Board. He served on the board for 17 years after resigning in 2011.

“Mr. Burton is a pillar within the education community,” said Charles Johnson – KOKA Director. “I was a student of Mr. Burton at Southern University Shreveport and friends with his son (Willie “Scooter” Burton) who I believe will carry the Burton legacy with honor.”

Funeral services are pending. After the family has shared the arrangements KOKA will share on air.

Photo shared from Southern University at Shreveport Archives

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