Black in Blue
Before 1967, the American Southeastern Conference boasted a roster composed entirely of white athletes. In the fall of 1967, however, Nate Northington walked on to the University of Kentucky football field and broke the color line. Just a day before, Northington’s roommate and fellow civil rights pioneer Greg Page had died as the result of a tragic accident. In the wake of his death, Northington fulfilled one of Page’s ambitions: to play football alongside white athletes for his university. Documenting this groundbreaking event in sports, Black in Blue gives voice to the role of sports in integration. Discussion with director Paul Wagner and subjects Wilbur Hackett and Paul Karem, moderated by Claudrena Harold (UVA)
Supported by Office for Diversity and Equity and Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
This film is part of the Race in America series presented by James Madison’s Montpelier and supported by Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
Friday, November 2
Vinegar Hill Theatre
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Director: Paul Wagner.
Runtime: 72 min.
Featuring: Nate Northington, Wilbur Hackett, Houston Hogg.