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Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football

Derrick E. White


Black college football began during the nadir of African American life after the Civil War. The first game occurred in 1892, a little less than four years before the Supreme Court ruled segregation legal in Plessy v. Ferguson. In spite of Jim Crow segregation, Black colleges produced some of the best football programs in the country. They mentored young men who became teachers, preachers, lawyers, and doctors--not to mention many other professions--and transformed Black communities. But when higher education was integrated, the programs faced existential challenges as predominately white insti ... More

Keywords: College football, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Florida A&M University, Jake Gaither, College football coaches, Civil Rights, Black Power, Tallahassee, Florida, National Football League (NFL), NCAA

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469652443
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derrick E. White, author
University of Kentucky