How Integration Changed HBCU Sports

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  • Black Athletes Are Half of NCAA D-I Basketball and Football
  • Formation of CIAA in 1912
  • Integration of College Sports
  • Basketball Stars from Black Colleges
  • HBCUs Former Talent Hub for Pro Football
  • Brown V. Brown Integrates Southern University Teams
  • Integration Led to More Competition
  • Financial Setbacks
  • Future of HBCU Sports
  • Integration and HBCU Sports

Integration of College Sports

Before segregation was ruled illegal in 1954, Black athletes integrated conferences in the North as early as 1892. Paul Robeson, pictured above, was the first Black player for Rutgers University football after enrolling in 1915. As a Columbia University student, George Gregory was the first Black college basketball player in 1931. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

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