“Little progress ‘happens’," stated Faburn DeFrantz. "Usually it must be wrested from influences that—either belligerently or indifferently—deny it.”
Being the first African-American to graduate from Western Michigan Teachers College wasn't enough to land Merze Tate a teaching job in her home state.
Even before the founding of the NAACP, an Indianapolis institution came to serve as a crucible for integration.
It took a 6’3” sophomore from Shelbyville and a righteous university president to break down the color line in Big Ten basketball.