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A Long Road: 50 Years of Experience
from Five African American K-State Alumni

This documentary highlights the experiences of five African American K-State icons. One desegregated a Kansas swimming pool, another integrated a neighborhood, and one began a football career as the first Black football player at Kansas State and ended it with the Green Bay Packers. Stories include Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to K-State, the impact of his assassination, and a motivational segment that encourages us all, “If it is to be, it is up to me!”

Below is the full documentary.
Visit the A Long Road YouTube playlist to view the chapters separately.



This documentary was made possible by the support of the Faculty Incentive Grant from the Tilford Initiative at Kansas State University.

A Long Road Participants

A Long Road participants: David Griffin, Sr., Juanita McGowan, Veryl Switzer, Kathleen Greene, and Charles Rankin

(Left to right): David Griffin, Sr., Juanita McGowan, Veryl Switzer, Kathleen Greene, and Charles Rankin

A Long Road documentary cover

Classroom Resources are
available. Please contact
Dr. Tonnie Martinez at
tonnie@k-state.edu.