Georgia Gwinnett College’s Department of Student Involvement and the GGC Student Center, in partnership with Gwinnett County Public Library system present Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, Columbia University professor, and New York Times columnist. He will discuss his books: “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights”, National Book Award finalist “Small Victories”, Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Inheritance, How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond” and his other books at 2 p.m. March 25th on the Georgia Gwinnett College campus.
His is newest book “Breaking the Line” shares the story of the historic battle for the 1967 black college football championship. In the novel, Freedman writes about two African-American coaches, Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University and Jake Gaither of Florida A&M University, and two African-American quarterbacks, James Harris and Ken Riley. These four individuals helped integrate the South’s segregated colleges. They also redefined the roles of NFL quarterback, head coach and franchise general manager.
Freedman is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He writes the column, “On Religion,” for the New York Times and has contributed to several other publications, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and USA Today.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the LVIS Room in the Student Center. Ample free parking is available at dorm building 3000B on Lonnie Havel Boulevard in Lawrenceville.