Observer Radio Episode 75: Texas Football’s Journey Out of Segregation

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Charlie Strong and players after the annual Orange-White scrimmage.
Charlie Strong and players after the annual Orange-White scrimmage.  UT Athletics

All eyes are on Austin as Charlie Strong, the first black head coach of a men’s team at the University of Texas, takes another step in Texas football’s long journey out of segregation. In a recent Observer story, writer Jessica Luther examines that journey starting with L.C. Anderson High School, a long-shuttered school on Austin’s east side that produced several football greats who never had the opportunity to don a Longhorn jersey.

In this episode, we’ll hear from former Anderson High football player and executive director of the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association, Mr. Ed Roby. We’ll also speak with Nat Bradford, one of the first black men to attend the University of Texas at Austin.

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