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Breaking the Line: Sports as a Catalyst for Social Change by Samuel G. Freedman

During the 1960’s, sports played a significant role in the American Civil Rights Movement. In particular, the actions of football coaches and players at historically black colleges and universities led the push for racial equality in sports. Tonight, Samuel G. Freedman, author of Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights, will moderate a panel including former college and NFL players James Harris and R.C. Gamble, and Michael Hurd, sports writer and co-founder of the Black College Football Museum. The panel will examine the efforts of these HBCU coaches and players to prove the intellectual acumen of African-Americans at a time when the prevailing prejudice said that blacks were not smart enough to be successful at the game. By making the case for equal opportunity in football they hastened the pace of social change in the nation as a whole. A book signing will follow the program.

Event begins at 7:00PM

Event Venue

National Archives and Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington 20004
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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