This evocative book is enriched by tales of individual courage from men who defied comfort and custom. Miller describes how one coach at a white high school convinced his administrators and fans that playing the black schools was not only the right thing to do, but that it was also necessary. He discusses John Norman "Slam Bam" Cunningham, the former Lincoln Institute standout who became an Armed Forces All-Star and later impressed University of Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp on the Wildcats' home floor. Miller also tells the story of a young tennis prodigy whose dreams were denied because he could not play at the white country club, but who became the first African American to start for an integrated Kentucky high school basketball championship team.
Featuring accounts from former Lincoln Institute players, students, and teachers, Integrated not only documents the story of a fractured sports tradition but also addresses the far-reaching impact of the civil rights movement in the South.
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"The Lincoln Institute, to many Kentuckians and particularly to many African American Kentuckians, has extra special meaning because it was an extraordinary place for students. The Lincoln Institute not only provided opportunities for individuals to grow academically, mentally, and personally; it also offered opportunities for athletic achievements. If you are looking for some exciting reading with a historical basis on a school that touched the lives of many Kentuckians, then Integrated is for you."—Raymond M. Burse, former president of Kentucky State University
"Integrated is more than the story of the Lincoln Institute basketball teams' triumphs and tragedies after the 1954 and 1955 Supreme Court decisions. It is more than the story of the survival of Lincoln Institute from 1912-1966, especially the last thirty-one years under the leadership of Dr. Whitney Young, Sr. It is more than the story of courageous black and white Americans using athletics to pave the way for the desegregation of the public schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is more than the story of an all-Black boarding high school that came into existence because of segregation and closed its doors because of desegregation. It is more than "A Whistle from mid-court" in 1960 that Lincolnities still talk about. It is much more! It is a story of hope, courage, perseverance and dignity."—Andrew Baskin, Chair and Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Berea College
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