This Month in Black College Sports History
Grambling State University opened as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School…founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association (organized in 1896 by a group of African-American farmers who wanted to organize and operate a school for African Americans in their region of the state). Charles P. Adams was the first president.
HOWARD UNIVERSITY and LINCOLN UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA played a THANKSGIVING DAY CLASSIC.
MAGIC CITY CLASSIC The first football game between Alabama A&M and Alabama State became an annual tradition in post-war 1945 at Legion Field in Birmingham (Alabama State leads the series 42–39–3. The series began on October 31 and ASU defeated AAM, 30-0. See Classics
FIRST BLACK COLLEGE HOMECOMING GAME was played between Howard University and Virginia Union University.
MARYLAND STATE COLLEGE and Albright College played one of the first intercollegiate football game between an historically black institution and a majority-white institution.
ALICE COACHMAN, a protégé’ of Tuskegee Institute head coach Cleve Abbott was the first African American woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal. She won the High Jump event with a leap of 5’6”.
MILDRED McDANIEL was the second Tuskegee star to win an Olympic Gold Medal. She won the High Jump event with a 5’9 ¼ leap.