If you go
What: Movie, Black in Blue
Where: Leeds Center for the Arts
When: Saturday, Feb 11 at 7 p.m. (Rescheduled)
Admission: Free, but registration is requested
To register: click the link below and select “Buy Tickets“
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Black In Blue — Leeds Center for the Arts
NOTE: After this article was first published, Leeds Center for the Arts issued the following announcement: Due to the potential for severe weather, Black in Blue has been RESCHEDULED to Friday, Feb. 11th at 7:00 PM. We hope you’ll join us!
This Friday, the projector at Leed’s Center for the Arts will fire up once again for a showing of an important historical documentary. Black in Blue is a 2019 feature-length documentary written and directed by Lousiville native and UK graduate Paul Wagner.
From the film’s website:
“On September 30, 1967, University of Kentucky football player Nate Northington became the first black scholarship athlete to play sports in the Southeastern Conference — the college sports league that was the symbol and substance of white supremacy in the South. But as Nate entered the game against Olé Miss, his achievement was the last thing on his mind. That morning, Nate learned that his teammate, roommate, and fellow civil rights pioneer, Greg Page, had died — died in a manner so tragic, that it would hang like a dark cloud over Nate’s achievement.
“Three weeks later, a despondent Nate left the team and the university. But two other black players who had been recruited to UK, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg, would pick up the baton of change, facing racism on campus at Kentucky and, especially, on trips to games in the deep south. Ultimately, their courage and the bonds of team loyalty between the black and white players would insure the success of integration at UK and all across the south.”
Presented by the Winchester Black History and Heritage Committee, the film will run on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, but registration is requested. Please use the link in the information box on this page to register.
Black in Blue tells the compelling story of four University of Kentucky football players who broke the color barrier in the Southeastern Conference in the 1960s.
Greg Page was a defensive end from Middlesboro, Kentucky, and a charismatic teammate who died as a result of an accident during practice his sophomore year.
Nate Northington was a running back and an outstanding student from Thomas Jefferson High School in Louisville. Nate was recruited to play at UK by Gov. Ed Breathitt.
Wilbur Hackett, a diminutive linebacker who hailed from Louisville Manual High, was elected by his white UK teammates as team captain — a first for a Black person on any team in any sport in the SEC.
Houston Hogg was a country kid and an outstanding running back from Daviess County High School. Mr. Hogg is recognized and honored today for his community work in his hometown of Owensboro.