Okay, without anything going on with cross country this week, I was struggling to find something to write about. Blogger’s block.
But then Karyn Parsons, who played Hillary on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, reminded me of a story about an athlete from the Ivy League that everyone should know about. He wasn’t a track athlete, but a football player. An undersized one at that.
Parsons now runs Sweet Blackberry, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sharing the history of African-Americans in a way that schools do not. And Saturday she posted a Wikipedia link to the story of the Little Rock Nine.
That brought back thoughts of former Yalie Roosevelt Thompson. I wrote a story about him several years ago and talked to former teachers and teammates along the way. Even though it was more than 20 years after his tragic death, everyone I talked to cried during our interview.
Here is the story I wrote and below is his story told by the late Charles Kuralt.