Thursday December 2, 2010 | Basketball in SegregationDecember 1, 2010 at 11:42 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments
The 1950’s and ‘60’s were a heyday for talented basketball players in our region but many of the most talented players were left off all-star teams and out of college gyms simply because they were black. The Charlotte Observer recently published a series of articles that honored some of the greatest players whose careers were influenced by the struggle for civil rights going on around them. Yet, the camaraderie of the players, both black and white, defined race relations behind the headlines, protests and marches. We look back at that time with a reporter on the story and with a man who lived it and has been called by some, the greatest basketball player in our region.
Peter St. Onge – Staff Reporter, Charlotte Observer
Harry Picket – Deputy Sports Editor, Charlotte Observer
Paul Grier – Former Basketball Player
Richard Vinroot – Former Mayor of Charlotte and basketball player
- Charlotte Observer Series: NC’s Segregated Basketball Era
Mike with former Basketball player Paul Grier