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ACC BasketballThe Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference$
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J. Samuel Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869123_walker

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The Integration of ACC Basketball

The Integration of ACC Basketball

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ACC Basketball

J. Samuel Walker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the exclusion of black players from ACC basketball teams before 1965, and how it reflected the customs and attitudes of ACC schools, where racial integration had occurred gradually and grudgingly, though peacefully. With the exception of a single applicant admitted to the University of Maryland under threat of a court order in 1951, no conference member accepted black students as undergraduates until after the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which struck down the “separate but equal” approach to education that was standard practice in the South and some parts of the North. Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and NC State began to accept black undergraduates in small numbers in the mid-1950s; Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, and South Carolina followed suit in the early 1960s.

Keywords:   black players, ACC basketball teams, ACC schools, racial integration, University of Maryland, court order

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