Breaking the line: the season in Black college football that transformed the sport and changed the course of civil rights

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2013.
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First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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1967. Two rival football teams. Two legendary coaches. Two talented quarterbacks. Together they broke the color line, revolutionized college sports, and transformed the NFL. 1967. TWO RIVAL FOOTBALL TEAMS. TWO LEGENDARY COACHES. TWO STAR QUARTERBACKS. TOGETHER THEY BROKE THE COLOR L INE, REVOLUTIONIZED COLLEGE SPORTS, AND TRANSFORMED THE NFL. In September 1967, after three years of landmark civil rights laws and three months of devastating urban riots, the football season began at Louisiana's Grambling College and Florida A&M. The teams were led by two extraordinary coaches, Eddie Robinson and Jake Gaither, and they featured the best quarterbacks ever at each school, James Harris and Ken Riley. Breaking the Line brings to life the historic saga of the battle for the 1967 black college championship, culminating in a riveting, excruciatingly close contest. Samuel G. Freedman traces the rise of these four leaders and their teammates as they storm through the season. Together they helped compel the segre­gated colleges of the South to integrate their teams and redefined who could play quarterback in the NFL, who could be a head coach, and who could run a franchise as general manager. In Breaking the Line , Freedman brilliantly tells this suspenseful story of character and talent as he takes us from locker room to state capitol, from embattled campus to packed stadium. He captures a pivotal time in American sport and society, filling a missing and crucial chapter in the movement for civil rights.
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subject_facet African American football players -- Biography, College sports -- United States -- History, Discrimination in sports -- United States -- History, Football -- United States -- History
title_display Breaking the line : the season in Black college football that transformed the sport and changed the course of civil rights
title_full Breaking the line : the season in Black college football that transformed the sport and changed the course of civil rights / Samuel G. Freedman
title_short Breaking the line :
title_sub the season in Black college football that transformed the sport and changed the course of civil rights
topic_facet African American football players, College sports, Discrimination in sports, Football, History