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Still Running

My Life as the First Black Football Player in the SEC

More than fifty years ago, Nathaniel "Nate" Northington changed the face of sports as the first African American to play college football in the Southeastern Conference. When this trailblazing athlete stepped onto the field for the University of Kentucky vs. Ole Miss game on September 30, 1967, he played not only for his team, but for his best friend and roommate Greg Page, whose tragic death pushed Northington further into the spotlight—and into the fight for equality.

In Still Running: My Life as the First Black Football Player in the SEC, Northington recounts how he and other African American football players fought on the gridiron throughout the civil rights movement to achieve success both on and off the field. Northington shares the story of his life—growing up in hardworking, self-reliant neighborhoods, first in Louisville's "Little Africa" and later in Newburg; the strong, supportive foundation provided by his parents; and the events of his childhood that forged in him a desire to confront racial injustice and violence. His athletic ability, character, and scholastic achievement took him to the front lines of the fight, compelling Kentucky Governor Ned Breathitt and UK president John Oswald to select him to help lead the way for integration in Kentucky college football. Northington reveals what life was like in the locker room and on campus, and how his brotherly friendship with Greg Page—also a Black member of UK's 1966 freshman team—and subsequently Page's devastating death, propelled him forward in his goal of integrating the SEC.

Containing new material and an updated history addressing the ongoing racial justice movement, Northington's story is about more than integration within college football—it is an honest and inspirational testament to a life defined by faith, strength, resilience, and determination.

About the Author

Nathaniel Northington is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, a civil rights pioneer, and an accomplished athlete. He earned a bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University after transferring from the University of Kentucky and is the retired regional director of property management with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority. Northington lives in the Louisville metropolitan area, where he is the pastor of his local church.

Reviews

"I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Nate Northington when he was inducted into the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018. His personal triumphs and tragedies are still inspiring today to anyone who wonders if one person's actions can make a difference. Nate's story shows that with support from family and friends, and strong faith in God, the answer is a resounding yes."—Lisa Mills, Louisville Sports Commission

"In Still Running, Nate Northington takes us into his journey where we learn about the realities of his life and the transformational role he played in the Southeastern Conference. The strength, grace, and faith of Nate show through in every part of his story and are a testament to the remarkable person he is today."—Greg Sankey, Commissioner, Southeastern Conference

"It is not often that we have the opportunity to meet living history, but that is our privilege when Nate Northington invites us along life's journey as the first Black football player in the Southeastern Conference. It is a chronicle of family and football, tragedy and triumph, and a man who chooses grace and faith above all else. Read this highly personal account and you'll be inspired, glad to know that Nate, indeed, is "Still Running."—Tony Neely, University of Kentucky Athletics

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