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Title Black man in the huddle : stories from the integration of Texas football / Robert D. Jacobus ; foreword by Annette Gordon-Reed.
Author Jacobus, Robert, author.
Publication College Station : Texas A & M University Press, [2019]
Edition First edition.
Description xvii, 255 pages ; 25 cm
Call # 796.33263 J
Series Swaim-Paup sports series
Swaim-Paup sports series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A black man in the huddle -- The hand-me-downs -- Go West, young blacks, go West! -- Integration year of the forfeits -- The flood gates open -- The Alamo City breaks down doors -- Colleges' integration pain and victories -- Integration on both sides of the ball -- The Bucs bring in the new decade -- Texas' white schools challenge the HBCUs -- The Eagles fly high -- Leaving Texas -- Be careful what you wish for -- The Coogs and the SWC -- Everyone joins the fold.
Summary "What was it like for young black men growing up in a totally segregated environment and transitioning to an integrated one?", [during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s], asks author Jacobus in the preface to this collection of interviews. How did they get involved in sports? How did the facilities, both academic and athletic, compare to the white schools? What colleges recruited them out of high school? Jacobus interviewed some 250 former players, former coaches, and others who were personally involved in the racial integration of Texas public school and college athletic programs, starting with Ben Kelly, the first African American to play for a college team in the Confederacy at San Angelo College, and continuing with great players such as Jerry Levias, Ken Houston, Mel Renfro, Bubba Smith, and more. Some [interviwees] strongly uphold the necessity of integration for progress in society. Others, while understanding the need for integration, nevertheless mourn the passing of their segregated schools, remembering fondly the close-knit communities forged by the difficulties faced by both students and teachers. Many students advanced as coaches and administrators; others in business and industry.-- Jacket.j
Subject Football -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Discrimination in sports -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
African American football players -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Texas -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
African American football players. (OCoLC)fst00799173
Discrimination in sports. (OCoLC)fst00895130
Football. (OCoLC)fst00931362
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Texas. (OCoLC)fst01210336
Refugio High School.
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author Gordon-Reed, Annette, writer of foreword.
Related To Online version: Jacobus, Robert. Black man in the huddle. First edition. College Station : Texas A & M University Press, [2019] 9781623497521 (DLC) 2018046343
ISBN 9781623497514 (hardcover)
1623497515 (hardcover)
Standard # 40029402818

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