Samuel G. Freedman, a New York Times columnist and award-winning author, will discuss his latest book, Breaking the Line, the untold story of how black college football helped integrate the nation's most popular sport, in a public lecture on Monday, September 30, sponsored by the Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU.
Freedman's book lecture will trace the epic 1967 rivalry between two historically black colleges, Louisiana's Grambling College and Florida A&M. In a period of momentous change in civil rights laws and continued unrest over inequality and discrimination, the teams' legendary coaches, Eddie Robinson and Jack Gaither, and their star quarterbacks, James Harris and Ken Riley, pushed the South's segregated college teams to integrate. Their actions paved the way for blacks to become NFL quarterbacks, head coaches, general managers, and franchise owners.
Of Breaking the Line, journalist and author David Maraniss said: "When history writes people out, it is our job to write them back in. Samuel G. Freedman has done a marvelous job of that in Breaking the Line, his illuminating account of football and race in the South." Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, described Freedman's latest book as "a riveting story not only of a season, but of a country at the crossroads."
Freedman is the Schieffer School's first annual Diversity and the Media Speaker. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in Moudy North, Room 141, 2805 S. University Dr. Public parking will be available at the rear of the Moudy complex. Admission to the lecture is free, but available by registration only. Freedman will hold a book signing immediately after the lecture. Breaking the Line will be available for sale.
Freedman is a professor at the Columbia Univeristy School of Journalism, and the author of six previous books, including Letters to a Young Journalist. At Columbia he teaches, among other things, a celebrated course on non-fiction book writing. For more information about Freedman and Breaking the Line, visit http://www.samuelfreedman.com/
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TCU Schieffer School of Journalism
Named for CBS News Anchor and alumnus Bob Schieffer, the Schieffer School of Journlism at Texas Christian University offers majors in journalism and strategic communication and a minor in journalism.
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