PRESERVING HISTORY & LEGACIES
Track (and Field) is Alive and Well
MEAC WOMEN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY TEAM BASKETBALL
South Carolina State
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference was founded in 1970 and began competing in football in 1971. A year later, the first men’s basketball tournament was held. The women first hit the tournament court in 1978, the same year the MEAC selected its first full-time commissioner, Kenneth A. Free, who served as Commissioner until 1995. South Carolina State won the first two tournaments. Dr. Dennis Thomas has been the commissioner since 2002. The 50th Anniversary team is an impressive lineup of players who left their mark on women’s basketball in the MEAC. See the 50th Anniversary Team
A CELEBRATION of BLACK COLLEGE HISTORY in SPORTS
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
Southwestern Athletic Conference established in 19XX…Charter members: Bishop College, Paul Quinn College, Prairie View A&M, Texas College, and Wiley College
John Brown, NC College ( 1946-49)…the first CIAA player drafted in the National Football League by the Los Angeles Dons
Joe Buckhalter, Tennessee State A&I the first Tiger drafted into the National Basketball Association by the St. Louis Hawks in the 12th round…he went on to play for the Cincinnati Royals (1961-63) and later the Harlem Globetrotters
Cleo Hill, Winston-Salem State (1957–1961) selected the 8th overall pick in the first round of the National Basketball Association draft by the St. Louis Hawks… only the fifth Black college player to be taken in the first round of an NBA draft.
Willis Reed (Grambling State) and Dick Barnett (Tennessee State) were key members of the New York Knicks 1969 NBA champions and with Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (Winston-Salem State) they captured their second in 1973 NBA championship…the first and only team with three Black college stars in the lineup.
Wallace Hornsby Jackson (1955 - Nov. 11, 2006)
A Native Son Who Excel in Serving
Wallace Jackson grew up in the Vine City area and was an activist who dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for his beloved community. He played split end on the O’Keefe High School football team and starred on the school’s track squad which enabled him to receive a track scholarship to the University of Georgia in 1977 where he majored in journalism.
After graduating, he worked as a freelance journalist and taught school in the Atlanta Public School system.
His first college job was Sports Information Director at Albany State University where he spent 10 years and later at Alabama A&M University.
He went on to become the first full-time SIAC commissioner from 1990 – 2000. Jackson helped establish the Pioneer Bowl spotlighting the SIAC football champion and fought to get television exposure for the conference.
He helped a lot of athletes get scholarships that they would not have had otherwise,” said his brother, the Rev. Hoyt Jackson.
Wallace was constantly fighting for low-income families and to provide affordable housing in the neighborhood where he grew up. He served as board vice chairman on the Atlanta Empowerment Zone Commission and chaired the commission’s community leg, the Community Empowerment Advisory Board.
He was named Outstanding Young Man in America in 1984 – 1991 by the College Sports Information Directors Association (COSIDA). Through his association with COSIDA, Jackson served on the Academic All – America Committee, the Publicity For Women Sports Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Publicity For Women Sports Committee, the Ethics Committee, and the All-American Committee.