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by Zack Steen
Nov 26, 2016 | 1253 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Deuce McAllister, Walter Payton and Steve “Air” McNair have all contributed to Mississippi’s sports history.

University of Mississippi professor Dr. Charles Ross will share his research on African-Americans who have impacted sports in the Magnolia state during a special free program next week at the Crossroads Museum.

Set for Tuesday at 6 p.m., the lecture is held in conjunction with the museum’s Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.

A native of Ohio and the current chair of the African-American Studies Program at Ole Miss, Ross’s program will include highlights of African-Americans born in Mississippi or have played sports in Mississippi who have had a major impact on sports in America.


Ross is also the author of “Outside the Lines: African Americans and the Integration of the National Football League” and has appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Ross presenting his program at the museum,” said Cathy Wood, museum president. “His knowledge of 20th Century U.S. History, African-American history and sports history should make for a very interesting talk.”

Ross will also discuss future African-American athletic newsmakers with Mississippi ties including Anthony Alford who attended Ole Miss and currently plays for the Toronto Blue Jays and Victoria Vivians, of Carthage, who currently plays basketball at Mississippi State University.

Presented by the museum and the Mississippi Humanities Council, Tuesday night’s free lecture is the second of five speaking engagements set at the museum over the next five weeks.

Upcoming programs include “African-Americans in Baseball” by Dr. Phil Dixon on Dec. 6, Coaching Then & Now by Coach John Smillie on Dec. 13 and Sports Photography Tips & Tricks by Michael H. Miller on Dec. 20.

Dr. Charles Westmoreland presented “Archie Who?” on Nov. 22.

The Hometown Teams exhibit, which is on display at the Corinth Public Library through Dec. 30, takes a look at how people’s lives are influenced by the sports they play. Through videos, images, objects and personal reflections gathered from teams around the country, Hometown Teams shows that sports are more than just games.

A local component features photos, trophies, rings, jerseys and more highlighting state championships won by teams from Alcorn Central, Kossuth, Biggersville and Corinth.

(The lecture will be held at the Crossroads Museum at 221 North Fillmore Street in Corinth. For more information, contact 662-287-3120.)
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