Meet Local Author Gloria Respress-Churchwell

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Harvard Stadium

65 North Harvard Street

Boston, MA 02134

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Signing "Follow Chester!: A College Football Team Fights Racism and Makes History"

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Chester Pierce broke racial barriers when, in 1947, he joined his Harvard football team to play against the University of Virginia. At that time, black people were not allowed to sit at lunch counters, they had to use separate entrances, and they weren’t allowed to play college football against white players. Chester’s team didn’t care about those laws. Amid dropped jaws, jeering, and booing, Chester played, and his teammates followed his lead.

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Gloria Respress-Churchwell is a co-contributor of the Robert Churchwell Journalism Collection to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Follow Chester! is Churchwell's first picture book. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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65 North Harvard Street

Boston, MA 02134

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