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LeVias speaks from experience seeing noose

LeVias speaks from experience seeing noose

By TOM SHANAHAN Jerry LeVias knows how it feels to see nooses directed at him. The College Football Hall of Famer and six-year NFL veteran spoke from experience on Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR crew finding a noose at his Talladega Speedway garage In 1966, a cluster of Texas football...

Alabama and USC fiction eclipsed trailblazers

Alabama and USC fiction eclipsed trailblazers

Part VIParts I, II, III, IV and V links at the bottom.* * * “Although no one in the documentary says it, there seems to be a feeling that Southern Cal’s rout of Alabama was the shock that the University and a majority of the fans needed to support integration of the football...

LeVias and McClain integrated SEC end zones

LeVias and McClain integrated SEC end zones

No singular figure or moment represents the integration of college football, but Jerry LeVias stands out for encompassing so much history in a tumultuous fight for equal opportunity – at least on the playing field. His story also is unique for crossing paths with influential...

Shell adds to place in history with Black Hall of Fame

Shell adds to place in history with Black Hall of Fame

Donnie Shell joined the Black College Football Hall of Fame with the Class of 2015 last week in Atlanta, but the South Carolina State alum already occupied a historical place in college football’s transition from segregated to integrated.Shell, a four-time Super Bowl champion...

They will Love him at Stanford for talent and attitude

They will Love him at Stanford for talent and attitude

My News and Observer story on Wake Forest Stanford-commit Bryce Love running a season best of 10.61 seconds in the 100 meters. Wake Forest's Stanford running back commit wants two high school state titles.

Bobby Mitchell was another Green Book story

Bobby Mitchell was another Green Book story

I always say people don't realize how recent was segregation until it is pointed out to them men like Bobby Mitchell and Jimmy Raye, along with Raye's Michigan State teammates now in their 70s, are still walking around.Now, Mitchell is gone, joining other pioneers.Mitchell was...