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The Resource Thursday night lights : the story of black high school football in Texas, Michael Hurd

Thursday night lights : the story of black high school football in Texas, Michael Hurd

Label
Thursday night lights : the story of black high school football in Texas
Title
Thursday night lights
Title remainder
the story of black high school football in Texas
Statement of responsibility
Michael Hurd
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
At a time when "Friday night lights" shone only on white high school football games, African American teams across Texas burned up the gridiron on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The segregated high schools in the Prairie View Interscholastic League (the African American counterpart of the University Interscholastic League, which excluded black schools from membership until 1967) created an exciting brand of football that produced hundreds of outstanding players, many of whom became college All-Americans, All-Pros, and Pro Football Hall of Famers, including NFL greats such as "Mean" Joe Green (Temple Dunbar), Otis Taylor (Houston Worthing), Dick "Night Train" Lane (Austin Anderson), Ken Houston (Lufkin Dunbar), and Bubba Smith (Beaumont Charlton-Pollard). Thursday Night Lights tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of African American high school football in Texas. Drawing on interviews, newspaper stories, and memorabilia, Michael Hurd introduces the players, coaches, schools, and towns where African Americans built powerhouse football programs under the PVIL leadership. He covers fifty years (1920-1970) of high school football history, including championship seasons and legendary rivalries such as the annual Turkey Day Classic game between Houston schools Jack Yates and Phillis Wheatley, which drew standing-room-only crowds of up to 40,000, making it the largest prep sports event in postwar America. In telling this story, Hurd explains why the PVIL was necessary, traces its development, and shows how football offered a potent source of pride and ambition in the black community, helping black kids succeed both athletically and educationally in a racist society
Member of
Cataloging source
TxU/DLC
Dewey number
796.3309764
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV959.52.T4
LC item number
H87 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Jack and Doris Smothers series in Texas history, life, and culture
Series volume
number forty-seven
Label
Thursday night lights : the story of black high school football in Texas, Michael Hurd
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The PVIL : emerging from the shadows -- Night train, choo-choo, and ridin' the yella dawg! -- Learning and teaching the game -- Gold in the triangle -- Yates versus Wheatley -- Integration : the good, the bad, the end -- Appendixes : PVIL football state champions ; PVIL milestones
Control code
ocn979994349
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
248 pages
Isbn
9781477310342
Lccn
2017012988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)979994349
Label
Thursday night lights : the story of black high school football in Texas, Michael Hurd
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The PVIL : emerging from the shadows -- Night train, choo-choo, and ridin' the yella dawg! -- Learning and teaching the game -- Gold in the triangle -- Yates versus Wheatley -- Integration : the good, the bad, the end -- Appendixes : PVIL football state champions ; PVIL milestones
Control code
ocn979994349
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
248 pages
Isbn
9781477310342
Lccn
2017012988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)979994349

Library Locations

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