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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!”

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

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

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

Transcript of the full documentary (Word)

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