Where Were You When Doug Williams Shocked The World?

Posted in Blogroll on January 31st, 2008 by Ron Glover

 

 

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Doug Williams successfully leading the Washington Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XXII. In the process Williams became the first Black quarterback to do so.

I’ve asked a few friends of mine to recall that day and relive what was truly one of the great events in sports history.

I am also extending this invitation to you – TSF readers to share your thoughts as well.

One of the questions asked was where were you, how did it make you feel and how have things changed for the Black quarterback in the last 20 years?

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Throwback Thursday: Doug Williams, Soul Survivor

Posted in Blogroll, quarterback controversy, race, race and quarterbacks, Race and Sports, race relations, Racial Divide, Racism in Sports, Washington Redskins on January 31st, 2008 by Ron Glover

The position of quarterback has been a microcosm of the Black struggle in America – a door supposedly “open to all” – except for us of a darker hue who continuously knock, kick and scream until an answer comes.

For eighty years, the Black man has fought tooth and nail to be in a position to lead a professional football franchise to glory. Many came before Doug Williams some may have even been better skilled. But looking back on the life of Douglas Lee Williams -none were better prepared.

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Five Questions To Take Advantage of a Black Sense of Urgency

Posted in Blogroll on January 31st, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Recent additions: Jackie and Doug Christie; Inkognegro, Pleats N Cleats

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I sent out five questions to folks (writers, bloggers an athlete or two) of all races–including The Starting Five collective–and I received 21 responses. To those who didn’t get an email I apologize, but please comment. Many respectfully declined and others simply ignored my request. I have to say maybe some didn’t receive my email or were too busy. The questions were worded to elicit candid thoughts of whom I consider conscious peers. I thank those from the bottom of my heart who chose to participate. My mind constantly wonders why this and why that, so this is a way of expressing my true concern of how we can all can move forward in a productive sense while also respecting the experience of our collective past.

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