Freedman to discuss 'Breaking the LIne"
9/20/2013, 6 a.m.
ATLANTA Veteran journalist Samuel Freedman, whose “Breaking the Line” captures the 1967 black college championship game between Grambling College and Florida A&M, will discuss his book on Sept. 26 at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater.
The reading and book signing, which is free to attend, takes place at 7 p.m.
In 1967, two rival football teams; two legendary coaches, Eddie Robinson and Jake Gaither; and two talented quarterbacks broke the color line, revolutionized college sports, and transformed the NFL during a transitional point in the civil rights movement.
Freedman brings to life the historic saga of the Orange Blossom Classic in “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights,” which reaches its climax in a tense, excruciatingly close game between the two teams, recounted with suspense and drama.
Freedman is an award-winning author, a columnist for The New York Times, and a tenured professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Among his seven acclaimed books are “Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students and Their High School”; “Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church”; “The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved From Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond”; “Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry”; “Who She Was: My Search for My Mother’s Life”; and “Letters to a Young Journalist.”
The library and museum is at 441 Freedom Parkway in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events or call 404-865-7100.