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A positive thread about race relations and basketball
« on: August 16, 2017, 01:20:39 PM »

Offline FatKidsDad

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Some of you may remember, or may have heard about, the Cinderella story of the 1969-70 Jacksonville (FL) University basketball team. JU rose out of nowhere to challenge and almost topple mighty UCLA for the NCAA championship.

Along the way, they were able to unify a racially divided Southern city just recently emerged from institutionalized segregation. The positive impact of the community rallying around a racially mixed team persists to this day.

My friend Tom Wasdin, who was the assistant coach of that team, asked me to look at a preview of an upcoming documentary about the team and its impact and to tell him what I think.

In light of what is going on in the world, and on the other thread, I thought I would share it. You can see it here:

It is a great bit of history, and features two Celtics connections as well: Artis Gilmore and Rex Morgan.
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Re: A positive thread about race relations and basketball
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 01:25:30 PM »

Offline Emmette Bryant

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The late Rex Morgan was drafted by the Celtics in the second round.

edit: oops sorry the OP noted this.