USSA News August 14, 2013
Academy Capturing Oral History of Notable Black Athletes from Era of Segregation
The year 1963 was a defining one in the civil rights movement. It was highlighted by Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech Aug. 28 in Washington, D.C., where about 200,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in the March on Washington. It came after major unrest over segregation erupted in Birmingham, Ala., and spread across the South.
Now, 50 years later the United States Sports Academy in conjunction with alumni of the Mobile County Training School, an all-black school dating back to the 1880s, have begun an oral history project to capture and preserve the experiences of well-known black athletes from Mobile, Ala., during that tumultuous era of segregation beginning in the 1950s.
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