Documentary On Integration of Alabama Athletics Coming In August

Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson (3) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the 2012 BCS National Championship game against the LSU Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama athletics – like the South in general – has a complicated history on racial issues. Alabama football was not integrated until 1967, and much has been said about integration of football in the South.

Now the documentary Three Days At Foster will take a detailed look at the pioneers of the integration of Alabama athletics, most notably football at the University of Alabama.

The feature-length documentary was written and directed by acclaimed sports author Keith Dunnavant, who penned the excellent account of the 1966 Alabama football team, The Missing Ring. The documentary will chronicle several pioneers of the integration of Alabama football, some of whom have never spoken out publicly.

Three Days At Foster will tell the stories of the first black players to walk on at Alabama: Dock Rone, Andrew Pernelle and Arthur Dunning, along with the first black scholarship player, Wendell Hudson, and the first black player signed by “Bear” Bryant, Wilbur Jackson.

The name of the documentary is a nod to the stand former Alabama Governor George Wallace took in front of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama to try and prevent the admittance of the first black students to Alabama. It was less than three years later that civil rights protester Danny Tradwell fought to integrate the state basketball tournament which took place at Foster.

The documentary premiers August 25th at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, AL and then on iPPV on the internet. DVDs will be available after that. For more information you can visit the film’s Facebook page or view the trailer here.

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Football

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