As a journalist living through the beginning of integration of black Americans into education and athletics, Heys witnessed history daily. From education to athletics, Heys was at the scene for integration of black Americans in the South. Of all the memorable stories Heys got to experience, the life of Henry Harris takes the cake. Hays discusses his revelatory book on Harris and struggle black athletes throughout the 60’s and 70’s.
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The link to the 1966 Tennessee state champs of Pearl High school:
Sam Heys work:
Sam Heys’ book -Remember Henry Harris: Lost Icon of a Revolution: A Story of Hope and Self-Sacrifice in America:
For more by Andrew Maraniss, including Strong Inside:
Wendall Hudson in the Alabama hall of fame:
Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard recruited by Vanderbilt:
For more about Pistol Pete Maravich:
For Nate Northington’s autobiography, who was the first black football player in the SEC:
Greg Page, one of the first black players in the SEC:
The first black football players at Mississippi State, Frank Dowsing and Robert Bell:
Lester McClain in the Tennessee sports hall of fame:
Integration in U.S. Sports:
Olsen, J. (2020). The black athlete: A shameful story: The myth of integration in American sport. Crime Rant Books
Cooper, J. N., McGarry, J., Dougherty, S., & Davis, T. J. (2020). " Race..., Sport Type, and Divisional Classification Matters:" An Examination of Black Female Athletes' Experiences at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Institutions. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics.
Broussard, A. S. (2021). Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football.
Holland, M. M. (2020). Black Students’ College Preferences: The Role of the White Racial Frame in Perpetuating Integration. Sociological Perspectives, 63(4), 552-570.
Davies, R. O. (2020). Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football.
Martin, C. H. (2004). Jim Crow in The Gymnasium The Integration of College Basketball in the American South. In Sport and the Color Line (pp. 287-308). Routledge.
Integration within the U.S. schooling system:
Galletta, A., & Cross, W. (2007). Past as present, present as past: Historicizing Black education and interrogating “integration.”. Contesting stereotypes and creating identities: Social categories, social identities, and educational participation, 15-41.
Peters, A. L. (2019). Desegregation and the (dis) integration of black school leaders: Reflections on the impact of brown v. Board of Education on Black Education. Peabody Journal of Education, 94(5), 521-534.
Mental health within student athletes:
Evers, A. G., Somogie, J. A., Wong, I. L., Allen, J. D., & Cuevas, A. G. (2020). The adaptation and evaluation of a pilot mindfulness intervention promoting mental health in student athletes. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 1(aop), 1-21.
For more on the significance of Perry Wallace:
Wallace, P. (2017). Remembering Perry Wallace, A College Basketball Pioneer. WAMU 88.5.
Lewis, T. (2016). STRONG INSIDE: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South.