Indiana Legends: George Taliaferro (2008) (Blu-Ray)
BluRay; documentary approx. 27 minutes with 68 minutes of additional material
The remarkable story of an American hero who overcame racial barriers to succeed on the football field and in life.
INDIANA LEGENDS: GEORGE TALIAFERRO is the remarkable story of an American hero who overcame racial barriers to succeed on the football field and in life.
A star halfback at Indiana University in the 1940s, George Taliaferro led the Cream and Crimson to its only undefeated season and Big Ten Football Championship. As a student activist, he helped desegregate the Bloomington campus, opening local restaurants and movie theaters to African Americans.
In 1949, Taliaferro made history by becoming the first African American to be drafted by an NFL team. The “Jackie Robinson of Professional Football,” he revolutionized the pro game with his unique combination of speed, quickness and all-around ability. As a player and later a social worker and university administrator at IU, Taliaferro was an outspoken opponent of racism and bigotry, fighting for equal opportunities for all students.
This DVD chronicles the life of a true Indiana legend, including bonus material on Taliaferro’s youth in Gary, Indiana and racism in the United States in the 1940s.
Produced for WTIU/Indiana University Television by Rob Anderson and Jeremy Shere.
Production support was provided by the Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics; Indiana University Alumni Association; Indiana University Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs; Indiana University Press; Indiana Humanities Council in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.