Alabama Honors University's First Black Football Players

John Mitchell (above right) and Wilbur Jackson (above left) already had their place in Alabama football history.
-A +A
0

Photo: Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — John Mitchell (above right) and Wilbur Jackson (above left) already had their place in Alabama football history.

Now, the Crimson Tide's first Black players also share a prominent spot outside Bryant-Denny stadium.

The university unveiled a plaque honoring Jackson and Mitchell Saturday in a ceremony before the current team's end-of-spring A-Day game, more than 50 years after they broke the color barrier.

“It was a moment I will never forget,” said Mitchell, who had become emotional when he spoke at the ceremony. “It was very touching. You grow up a little Black kid from south Alabama and these are things you never dream of. ”

The two 70-year-olds were also honored at halftime. Read more.

Also Check Out...

$2 million gift to its Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) founding partners
Morehouse College: AltFinance
Filed by Fair Fight Action, the suit challenged state voting processes it said disenfranchised voters in recent elections.
Georgia Voting Rights Lawsuit
 A suburban Minneapolis city has agreed to pay $3.2 million to the family of Daunte Wright
Daunte Wright: $3.2M Settlement
Caribbean Cricket: New 60-Ball Tournament
Caribbean Cricket: New 60-Ball
Geor­gia poll work­ers, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and Ruby Free­man.
The People Who Stood Up To Trump
LISC WNY and General Motors are working together to provide $15,000 and $10,000 grants to...under-capitalized Black businesses
NY: $15,000, $10,000 Grants