by Brandon Spradley
The Academy highlights Reverend Julius Caesar Hope, a graduate of Mobile County Training School (Plateau, Alabama) in 1950.
Hope graduated from Alabama State University, where he was a quarterback on the football team and a catcher on the baseball team. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and was a member of the Alaskan softball team that won the Worldwide Championship in 1953.
[one_half]Julius Hope has played an integral part in organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the President of the Georgia State Conference of NAACP Branches for 18 years. His efforts and leadership caught the eye of then Governor Jimmy Carter who appointed him the Human Relations Council for the state of Georgia. In addition, Hope was the recipient of The Medgar Evers Award, one of the NAACP’s most prestigious awards. This award recognized Hope’s outstanding service to the NAACP and devotion to the cause of civil rights. The NAACP has also established two awards in Hope’s honor, “The Reverend Julius C. Hope Hall of Fame Award” and “The Julius C. Hope Champion of Social Justice Award.”[/one_half]
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Hope was the first person interviewed for the Black Sports History Project developed by the United States Sports Academy and the Mobile County Training School Alumni Association. This project captures the historical significance of the memories and feelings of African Americans athletes who competed in sports during the time of segregation. Former athletes such as Reverend Hope recall their experiences in sport through the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
Black Sports History Link: http://ussa.edu/black-sports-history-project/