Earlier this year, the United States Sports Academy launched an oral history project, featuring African American Athletes from the Mobile County Training School (MCTS), and on Friday, the Academy welcomed them to the Academy for a tour of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA).
In conjunction with the MCTS Alumni Association, the Academy launched a special webpage in February for the project called the Black Sports History Project to celebrate Black History Month.
The page includes interviews featuring athletes, who participated in sports at MCTS during segregation, roughly spanning the time period between 1955 and 1980. This time period was when the most visible activities of the civil rights movement took place.
Brandon Spradley, the interim Director of Continuing Education at the Academy, and MCTS alumnus Anderson Flen teamed up for the project that presents the unsung and untold stories of the athletes, many of whom simply weren’t afforded the opportunity to play in college, or the professional ranks.
To view the webpage celebrating the stories of these athletes and coaches, visit www.ussa.edu/black-sports-history-project.
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