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Author Topic: ‘Forgotten Four’ Tells the Story of Pro Football’s Integration  (Read 483 times)

Offline Jay_Thomas

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It’s hard to imagine now that there was ever a time when American football didn’t have a strong pressence of black athletes, but it wasn’t until 1946 that four African-American players broke professional football’s color line. Now a film that’s set to debut next month is out to tell their stories.
 
The men in question are Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis , four little-known players who integrated the game one year before Jackie Robinson did the same for Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film is scheduled to premiere on EPIX on Tuesday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET,




http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/08/forgotten_four_tells_the_story_of_pro_footballs_integration.html

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Re: ‘Forgotten Four’ Tells the Story of Pro Football’s Integration
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 10:39:24 AM »
You rang a bell Jay. I use to visit my cousins in Cjeveland when I was a child and saw my first big league game at old Municipal Stadium. I was a Cleveland Indian and Browns fan for years because of that. Paul Brown had a lot to do with it, To this day I wonder if there was ever a more punishing running back than Marion Motley.

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Re: ‘Forgotten Four’ Tells the Story of Pro Football’s Integration
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 10:43:14 AM »
It’s hard to imagine now that there was ever a time when American football didn’t have a strong pressence of black athletes, but it wasn’t until 1946 that four African-American players broke professional football’s color line. Now a film that’s set to debut next month is out to tell their stories.
 
The men in question are Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis , four little-known players who integrated the game one year before Jackie Robinson did the same for Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film is scheduled to premiere on EPIX on Tuesday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET,




http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/08/forgotten_four_tells_the_story_of_pro_footballs_integration.html

The NFL Network did a piece on these gentlemen very interesting story. I cant wait to see the special on EPIX

 

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