Friday, March 15, 2013
The Game of Change
Today's the fiftieth anniversary of an NCAA tournament game between Mississippi State and Loyola of Chicago. Not surprisingly, at the time MSU featured an all-white team while Loyola had four African-American players. The governor of Mississippi attempted to prevent the basketball team from leaving the state so as to preserve their unbroken streak of playing against only all-white teams.
Several players who were in this game are still alive today. Obviously racism is alive and well today, but sometimes it's worth looking back to see just how far we've come.